2001 Ford Focus shock replacement

Tiny
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2001 Ford Focus

How do I replace the shocks on a 2001 Ford Focus? I cant get to the top bolts to remove the old ones.
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Wednesday, November 4th, 2009 AT 2:58 PM

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Disconnect battery negative cable from battery and properly isolate to prevent accidental reconnection.
Remove the strut assembly from the vehicle.

CAUTION
As the spring is under extreme tension care must be taken at all times. Failure to follow this instruction may result in personal injury.

Using a suitable coil spring compressor, compress the spring.
Loosen the thrust bearing nut using an Allen key to prevent shaft rotation.
Disassemble the strut and spring assembly as follows:

Remove the thrust bearing nut.

Remove the top mount.

Remove the thrust bearing.

Remove the strut.

Remove the bump stop.

Remove the boot.

To assemble:

The strut unit is assembled in the reverse order of disassembly.
A. Make sure the top mount is correctly seated onto the thrust bearing before assembly.
B. Make sure the spring ends butt correctly against the spring seats, color code at the bottom.
C. Make sure the bump stop is installed with the flat surface uppermost.

Install a new thrust bearing nut and tighten to 35 ft. Lbs. (38 Nm)
Install the strut assembly.
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Wednesday, November 4th, 2009 AT 3:04 PM

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