Struts

Tiny
AMPSKI
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HI - my son has a 98 Fort taurus with 3.0 V6 with 130,000 miles. They said he needed new struts because of what was happening to his tires, his allignment was fine. The cost was going to be a lot so we ordered these EZ struts that are supposed to fit right in. Well, they don't. Had a rough time getting one of the front ones in and can't figure out how to reach the back. Do you have to pull out the back seat? Remove the back of the car? How do you get to the bolts to remove the strut in the rear?
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Sunday, September 30th, 2007 AT 2:59 PM

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Tiny
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I couldn't find any info on access to the top of the strut. Just look around carefully and pull back any material that may be covering up the strut tower. Once the strut is removed be carefully when taking the strut apart and follow these steps. Good luck

Spring and Shock Absorber
SPECIAL SERVICE TOOL(S) REQUIRED Description Tool Number
Oxygen Sensor Wrench 303-476 (T94P-9472-A)

Disassembly

1.

WARNING: DO NOT ATTEMPT TO REMOVE THE SPRING FROM THE STRUT WITHOUT FIRST COMPRESSING THE SPRING WITH A TOOL DESIGNED FOR THAT PURPOSE.

CAUTION: Do not attempt to remove strut rod nut by turning rod and holding nut. Nut must be turned and rod held stationary to avoid possible fracture of rod at base of hex.

NOTE: Before compressing rear spring (5560), mark location of rear spring to top mount using a grease pencil.

Remove the rear spring and shock absorber (18080) as described.

2.

Place shock absorber and rear spring assembly in a suitable spring compressor.

Item Part Number Description
1 Mark before Disassembly
2 Hook on Second Coil from Top
3 Short Thrust Screw
4 Long Thrust Screw
5 Spring Compressor
6 Hook on Top Coil

3.

Place 10 mm six point deep well socket on top of shock absorber shaft and hold while removing top shaft mounting nut with a Oxygen Sensor Wrench 303-476 (T94P-9472-A) and ratchet.

4.

Loosen spring compressor tool, then remove top rear shock absorber bracket (18192) and rear spring.

Assembly

1.

Inspect rear spring to make sure rear spring damper (5A669) rear spring insulator retainer (5A545) are properly positioned.

2.

Using a spring compressor, install rear spring, bottom washer, if equipped, rear shock absorber bracket, upper washer and nut on rear shock absorber shaft.

Item Part Number Description
1 N801310-S100 Nut (3 Req'd)
2 N804608-S150 Nut
3 N804232-S100 Washer (2 Req'd)
4 18192 Rear Shock Absorber Bracket
5 5560 Rear Spring
6 18080 Shock Absorber
7 18A085 Rear Shock Absorber Jounce Bumper (Part of 18080)
8 5K617 Rear Spring Center Mounting Insulator (Part of 18080)
9 18K005 Dust Boot (Part of 18080)
A Tighten to 25-34 Nm (19-25 Lb-Ft)
B Tighten to 53-71 Nm (39-53 Lb-Ft)

3.

NOTE: Install rear spring with rear spring insulator retainer on the bottom as shown to prevent rear spring damper from sliding down the spring.

Make sure rear spring is properly located in upper mount and lower spring seat and that mount washers are positioned correctly.

4.

Tighten rod nut to 53-71 Nm (39-53 lb-ft). Use Oxygen Sensor Wrench 303-476 (T94P-9472-A) to turn the nut and a 10 mm six point deep well socket to hold shaft so it will not turn while tightening nut. Do not use pliers on strut rod as finished rod surface could be damaged.
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Monday, October 1st, 2007 AT 5:28 AM

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