so, i made a really complicated explanation on how our mcpherson struts work compared to past struts. now im going to add pictures to perhaps ease your mind and even give you a little step by step if your new to the game.
I'D JUST LIKE TO ADD. THE ONLY REASON WHY THIS IS SO COMPLICATED IS BECAUSE I BOUGHT STRUTS AND SHOCKS THAT DIDN'T COME WITH THE EXTRA HARDWARE I NEEDED TO MAKE IT WORK. THESE STRUTS AMONG OTHERS FOR THE 06-11 FOCI WILL SEAT ANY 08-11 SPRING. IF YOU'RE BUYING NEW SPRINGS BUY SPRINGS FOR 08-11. IT IS JUST TAKING THE SEAT OFF YOUR OEM STRUT AND PLACING IT ON THE NEW ONE. IF BUYING A USED SUSPENSION, BE SURE THE CORRECT NECESSARY HARDWARE (SEATS, BEARINGS, BUMP STOPS) COMES WITH WHAT YOUR BUYING IN ORDER TO AVOID THE MISTAKE I DID!!
First off, the reason i'm messing with my front suspension one more time is because the bearing had broken from being upside down like so
leaving me with this damaged bearing
that needs to be replaced with this one
so your probably wondering,
how the hell did he do that?
well it's simple, the springs were placed upside down
so step 1 is loosening all the lug nuts to the wheel and jacking the car up (i recommend like everyone else to do this on a flat surface as it is very nerve racking doing it at a slight incline)
step 2 is removing the wheel and revealing your fancy colored strut.
step 3 begin loosening the strut the top strut nuts. i usually just loosen them to where they are still screwed on but at the last top thread
step 4 loosen your sway bar endlink and remove it from it's place. idk what the wire is that the metal plate is holding, i've been told it was a wheel speed sensor. but if someone could fill me in that'd be great
step 5 remove brake line from its location. if ford didn't make things more complicated i swear it wouldn't take as much time.
step 6 unscrew the pinch bolt (sorry no picture)
step 7 curb stomp your brakes in order to remove the bottom of the strut from the knuckle
alright so you finally got your strut out. now what?
well now your gonna go ahead and disassemble your strut
step 1 compress your springs
step 2 once your spring is compressed (compress it as much as you can) go ahead and undo the top nut keeping the assembly together. this would be alot easier with the access to an air gun, but since i'm still a college student money is tough. so this is my gf demonstrating how to do it. (i'm teaching her so it's not perfect)
so it's apart. lets take a closer look shall we?
with the 08+ suspension you get one of these
^^^this right here is our cars spring seat. small gets the job done
now, IF YOU BUY 06-07 SPRINGS (like i did) YOU'RE GONNA NEED THIS
^^^the one on the left is the 06-07 spring seat
clearly in the picture below the spring seat that comes with our gen cars does not work for these springs
also with that you will need one of these
^^the one on the left is the replacement, and the one on the right is the broken piece from being upside down.
so when it all comes together it's supposed to look like this
and not this deformed mess i drove for 600 miles on
so once it's all said and done you just do all the steps in reverse (minus the curb stomping) and torque everything down. torque specs and even more pictures can be found here suspension overhaul
so now that everything's fixed i am happy and the weird noise is gone. i hope this can help someone, but seeing as we don't have many suspension options, it shouldn't be that difficult.
i just fixed it