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Ford Escape 2020-2024 Service Manual / Chassis / Suspension / Front Suspension / Disassembly and Assembly - Front Strut and Spring Assembly

Ford Escape: Front Suspension / Disassembly and Assembly - Front Strut and Spring Assembly

Special Tool(s) / General Equipment

Spring Compressor
Vise

DISASSEMBLY

NOTICE: Suspension fasteners are critical parts that affect the performance of vital components and systems. Failure of these fasteners may result in major service expense. Use the same or equivalent parts if replacement is necessary. Do not use a replacement part of lesser quality or substitute design. Tighten fasteners as specified.

NOTE: Disassembly steps in this procedure may contain assembly details.

  1. Remove the front strut and spring assembly.
    Refer to: Front Strut and Spring Assembly (204-01 Front Suspension, Removal and Installation).
  1.   WARNING: Coil springs and strut assemblies are compressed under extreme load. Always use a spring compressor for disassembly. Follow procedure instructions carefully and make sure the spring compressor has the correct spring plates or adapters. Failure to follow these instructions may result in serious personal injury.

    NOTICE: When installing a suitable spring compressor, use care not to damage the spring coating.

    NOTICE: Take extra care not to damage the component.

    NOTICE: Do not use power tools to remove the nut.

    Compress the coil spring enough to relieve the tension on the strut assembly.
    Use the General Equipment: Spring Compressor
    Use the General Equipment: Vise
  1. NOTE: Note the position of the components before removal.

    NOTE: Do not use an impact wrench on the strut rod nut.

    NOTE: Use the hex-holding feature to prevent the strut rod from turning while removing the strut rod nut.

    Remove and discard the front strut and spring assembly rod nut. Disassemble the front strut and spring assembly.

ASSEMBLY

  1. NOTE: Make sure that the components are installed to the position noted before removal.

    To assemble, reverse the disassembly procedure.
  1. Make sure that the lower spring seat is properly installed.
  1. NOTICE: Make sure the components are correctly aligned during assembly.

    NOTE: Make sure the strut bearing tabs are aligned before compressing the spring.

    Align the strut bearing tabs.
  1.   WARNING: Coil springs and strut assemblies are compressed under extreme load. Always use a spring compressor for disassembly. Follow procedure instructions carefully and make sure the spring compressor has the correct spring plates or adapters. Failure to follow these instructions may result in serious personal injury.

    NOTE: Make sure that the spring coating is not damaged during assembly process.

    NOTE: Typical strut and spring assembly shown.

    NOTE: Utilize the hex holding feature to prevent the strut rod from turning while installing the strut rod nut.

    Install the new strut rod nut.
    Use the General Equipment: Spring Compressor
    Use the General Equipment: Vise
    Torque: 41 lb.ft (55 Nm)
  1. Install the front strut and spring assembly.
    Refer to: Front Strut and Spring Assembly (204-01 Front Suspension, Removal and Installation).

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