We offer a complete line of suspension services, including repairing, rebuilding, and revalving of shock absorbers, front forks, and steering dampers of all major manufacturers of motorcycle and car suspension. Coil springs are most commonly thought of when suspension springs are mentioned. Buy new bolts and nuts that go on the lower rear shocks. Move the lower control arm down until the spring is completely loose. The lubrication finally dries out, water intrudes inside the boot covering the moving parts, and rust and abrasive road dirt turn a ball joint or tie rod end into a loosey-goosey accident waiting to happen.
Before you can remove the rotor, the caliper has to be removed which only consisted of the two bolts on the back. Except independent coil springs are more cumbersome, as the tension is released from the spring while it is still in the car, instead of on the wall, or the bench.
After the ball joints are loose, (again assuming that the whole front end assembly is removed from the car) unscrew the ball joint nuts so that there is about a half nuts worth of threads holding it on. Remove the top and bottom bolts holding the inner ends of the ‘A' arms to the crossmember.
Replacing suspension springs can be challenging, as involves making sure all power from the car is disconnected and that the proper tools are used. Lower rear end of car and attach links to shock absorber arms. Hoist rear end of car until all load is off rear springs and place floor stands under frame for safety.
Fork separators (also known as "pickle forks") are designed to wedge in between the narrow space found between a ball joint and a spindle If necessary, use a hammer to drive the fork into that gap further until sufficient leverage exists to break any mechanical welds between the ball joint and the spindle.
Mercury Cougar Air suspension replacement kits like air springs, compressors, dryers, and solenoids are available so purists can keep their air suspension riding as smooth as the day they bought their vehicle. Your vehicle will need new shocks or struts if the originals are worn out, leaking, or otherwise damaged.
GM offered replacement front and rear control arms with OE rubber bushings, but these have been discontinued. Step 3: Loosening but not removing the strut top mounts and sway bar end link bushings can provide a bit more suspension travel for easier axle removal.
Raise front of car, place frame on jack stands, remove road wheels. After the spring, I removed the tie-rod assembly. Depending on your vehicle, these can be used with the strut still mounted to the car OR can be used at a work bench with the strut assembly mounted in a vise.
The rear camber strut rod bushings wear the most due to their thin strip of rubber that wraps around the inner sleeve. Whether it's one or two, replacing struts typically requires suspension disassembly
and wheel realignment, meaning that it is a job best left to the professionals.
The end connects to the strut with a conical 'rod' locked with a nut, and the tie rod screws into the end and also has a locking nut. Sometimes this sounds a lot easier than it actually is. When they have separated, remove the ball joint nut and pull the control arm out of the spindle.
If coil springs are not completely understood, as well as safety measures for disassembly, a professional technician should complete the repair. You have two choices: either raising the strut-which means fighting a spring stout enough to hold up one corner of your car-or dealing with the sway bar.
3. Remove cotter keys from all of the castle nuts on the tie rods, ball joints and any where else that needs them replaced. After the nut is on fully, slowly remove the jack and torque both ball joints to specs and install the cotter keys. With the cartridge fully assembled (but outside the fork) and the cap on, set the spring against the spring seat and then measured to the top of the spring and to the bottom edge of the fork cap.