07-06-2012, 12:56 AM
Replacing rear LCA's with Dom's arms, and I know bolts are seized from my spring install, car has 175k miles. Went to Ford, retail price for all bolts, washes, nuts is around $200. I will check Tousley, I know they will be cheaper, but are there any other options people have tried?
I have searched a little bit, didn't see any definitive answers. If I were to remove the bolts, any of them, are they reusable? I have been told they should be one use only. Any help is appreciated.
07-06-2012, 01:44 PM
Well at 12 years at 175K miles, most of the hardware will have significant corrosion, and it’ll be the best route to replace it.
If you are just doing the lower control arms, then you will need to replace those seized bolts and nuts. You can probably match the thread pitch and shank length and shank diameter and get some metric 10.9 grade hex head flange bolts from a local hardware source. Match with good flange nuts with nylon insert locking features. Don’t bother with lock washers, they don’t really do anything for you. For the inboard bolts with the cam style adjustment washers, you’ll probably want to go with the Ford parts there so you can maintain the sizing that is used.
If you have access to a self-service junkyard, it may be worth your time to go down there and pull all the fasteners you need off a newer focus. All the bolting and the hardware is the same in the rear suspension. You can probably get all the serviceable ford stuff for a lot less than $200. Nothing in the rear suspension is one time use from installation, corrosion, maybe, but nothing is torque to yield. The front control arms are different, the manual recommends replacement of the inner bolts.
07-07-2012, 04:01 PM
Not looking forward to junkyard diving here, its been over 100 degrees for over a week now, plus that sounds hit or miss. We have lousy junkyard as far as Focus parts go.
Thanks for the info, I appreciate you taking the time.