Mechanics

TENSION STRUT BUSHING

1995 Ford Taurus

Suspension problem
1995 Ford Taurus 6 cyl Automatic

When driving my car, my front passenger side tire shakes when I reach a certain speed. I checked the tire and found that I was able to move the tire forward and backwards. When I discovered this I decided to change the tension bar and bushing seeing that there seemed to be some space between the hole and bushing, but that still didnt help. I later learned that it wasn't the bar or the bushing, but it was the plastic inside the hole that the tension strut goes through. Some kind of way I have seemed to cause the plastic to deform in hole of the frame that the tension strut goes through (I believe I know how it happened.)
I was wondering is the plastic inside the hole that the tension strut goes through is able to be changed? If so, how may I go about changing it? When once observed, I had no idea how to take it out.
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Lilduke
June 10, 2010.




TENSION STRUT-TO-SUBFRAME BUSHINGS
Removal & Installation
Remove lower control arm. See below .
Remove and discard nut.
Remove washer and bushing from front of tension strut. Pull strut rearward to remove from subframe.
Remove tension strut insulator. Install new bushing on tension strut end, and insert into subframe. Install new front bushing. Clean tension strut threads. Tighten to specification

CONTROL ARM
Removal
Raise and support vehicle. Remove wheel. Remove and discard nut. Pull large dished washer from tension strut. Remove ball joint pinch bolt and nut and discard. If necessary, use a drift punch to remove pinch bolt.
Spread steering knuckle pinch joint, and separate control arm from knuckle. Remove control arm inner pivot nut and bolt and discard. Remove control arm assembly from tension strut.
Installation
Insert tension strut into control arm bushing. Position control arm into subframe bracket. Install new nut and bolt, and tighten to specification.
Install ball joint into steering knuckle. Position ball joint stud groove so bolt can be installed without forcing. Insert new pinch bolt and nut, and tighten to specification. Clean tension strut threads. Install new nut, and position dished washer with dished side away from control arm bushing. Tighten nut to specification.


http://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/99387_Graphic_79.jpg


BMRFIXIT
Jun 10, 2010.
Thank you, but I already know how to all that. I was asking how does one remove/change the hard plastic in the hole that the tension strut goes through.
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Tiny
Lilduke
Jun 11, 2010.
Once bar out kit fit on it
IM still not sure if we are on the same page
check the fig and let me know if that is the kit you are looking to replace


http://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/99387_Capture_16.jpg


BMRFIXIT
Jun 11, 2010.
Oh ok, I have already changed the rubber bushing, now I am trying to change the hard plastic that is actually in the hole of the car frame. Its kind of part of the car frame. I hope I'm being understandable.

Tiny
Lilduke
Jun 11, 2010.
I believe its metal and not hard plastic, its like outer shell of a bushing and it sit inside the frame
and if so you can weld it back on to the frame

try to get picture if you can

BMRFIXIT
Jun 11, 2010.
Yeah, you are right (hardshell). It seems to be loose in my car and able to slide a little back and forth. I dont see a way to take it out so I might have to weld it like you said. I will take a picture when I get working on the car again.

Thank You

Tiny
Lilduke
Jun 12, 2010.

BMRFIXIT
Jun 15, 2010.


http://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/377569_CIMG0004_1.jpg



http://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/377569_CIMG0006_1.jpg



In the first and second picture you can see that in the frame of the car is a metal or plastic hard shell that the rubber bushing and tension strut goes through


http://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/377569_CIMG0002_2.jpg



http://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/377569_CIMG0001_1.jpg



Some kind of way it has become deformed, and in the third and fourth pics you can see that there is a gap between the frame of the car and the metal hardshell, which allows the tire to move forward and backwards. As a result, my passenger tire axle is not sturdy and allows medium shaking, which can lead to barren and tire wear.

Tiny
Lilduke
Jul 12, 2010.

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