2002 Grand Marquis Rear Shock R&R

Tiny
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  • 2002 MERCURY MARQUIS
  • 4.6L
  • V8
  • RWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 148,000 MILES
See PDF attachment.

I saw your procedure but it does not make any sense to me.
http://www.2carpros.com/questions/2002-mercury-marquis-rear-shock-replacement

See details in my PDF document.

Paul
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Thursday, September 3rd, 2015 AT 9:33 PM

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Tiny
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You might need a special thin wrench to sneak in there. The nut could be square or a hex head, and the size can vary depending on the manufacturer that supplied the shock absorber and whether these are still original or if they've been replaced once already. Sometimes the upper cover is steel and you can just hold onto that to keep the shaft from spinning as you try to unscrew the top nut.
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Thursday, September 3rd, 2015 AT 9:41 PM
Tiny
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Dear Sir,

1. Did you see my PDF file?

We can't figure out any way to "unscrew the top nut". This is the biggest problem.
The 14mm wrench will not stay on the nut and even if it does stay on the nut there is no room to operate the wrench left and right. On the left those pipes are in the way and on the right is the car body is in the way, and the nut is way back under the car body. Also the is not room to get a socket on it.

Did you see my PDF file?

Do you need more pictures?

Paul
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Thursday, September 3rd, 2015 AT 11:22 PM
Tiny
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The cover is steel.
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Thursday, September 3rd, 2015 AT 11:24 PM
Tiny
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There are two slides in the PDF file.
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Thursday, September 3rd, 2015 AT 11:25 PM
Tiny
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Not only did I look at your photos multiple times, as a suspension and alignment specialist I've replaced a lot of these rear shock absorbers over the years. Some took me almost three hours to do a pair of them, and they always involved muttering under my breath that an engineer could design something so miserable to work on. To add to the misery, the top nuts usually are rusty, so wrenches won't grab well. My best approach was to grab the top nut with a Vise-Grip pliers, then grab the steel cover and turn it with my hands. In the '80s and '90s they didn't even have the thin nuts on top of the covers.

Some of these shock absorbers had soft plastic covers. On those you can cut the covers off, then grab the shafts with another Vise-Grip pliers after grinding some flats on them.

I have never had one of these where I was able to unscrew the top nut, as you are hoping to do. At one shop I worked at, we weren't allowed to have a torch because we were attached to a shopping mall. Most of my success came with using a cutoff tool with a 3" metal-cutting wheel to cut through the shaft just below the upper mounting plate. Later, when working at a very nice dealership, the torch made quick work of the upper nuts, as long as there wasn't the typical leaking gas tank.

By the way, those upper nuts started life as 15 mm nuts. If you're trying to get a 14 mm on there, the nuts are already rusted away and the threaded shaft is going to be the same. You're never going to get those nuts unscrewed, so you can resign yourself to looking for a different way.
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Sunday, September 6th, 2015 AT 7:34 PM

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