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hfxbomberfan 04-20-2013 02:34 PM

Rear Suspension Trailing Arms (dog-bone) replacement.
I have to replace my rear trailing arms (dogbones) in the rear suspension of my 2007 Focus SES ZX5.

The Chilton repair book says you have to take off the rear springs and strut. Is this really necessary ? Can't I just compress the rear spring with a Spring compressor and then swap out the dog-bones ?

old school focus 04-20-2013 06:12 PM

If your talking about the rear control blade bushing I believe you have to remove the whole arm and use a press to get bushing out and replace new. Are you replacing with prothane or energy suspension.If so only press out rubber part. the metal sleeve must stay in. After you install bush then you have to shove the bone thru. its tight.

old school focus 04-20-2013 06:18 PM

Maybe you ment the main rear control arms. there is no strut. Just coil spring and shock. If you put a jack under the arm near the wheel and compress the suspension you can remove the lower shock bolt. you will need to disconnect sway if u have one. then unbolt outer bolt on arm near wheel. now you can lower jack and arm will drop allowing spring to come out. You can google replace rear control arm zx5 and prob find a video. Hope that helps and good luck.

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