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Old 12-19-2008, 08:30 AM   #1
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Replacing rear shocks on Focus ZX3

Hello guys,

Question I was reading the How to on replacing shocks and struts and in the

end the guy says that the rear shocks the bottom bolt was very hard to take

off. If he correct about that? I want to replace mine today, but I can see

the huge bolt I have to take of. i usually use PB blaste to loosen up bolts. Do

I need an Air compressor and Gun to take that bolt out or can that be done

by hand?


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Old 12-19-2008, 09:12 AM   #2
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you can do it by hand... impact tools help greatly... my bottom shock bolts were pretty seized on mine... so i used a torch to heat em up a bit and they broke free pretty easily. Shocks took about 10 mins total to change for me.
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yup, real easy, i never change a shock before and when i did mine it took about 15 minutes its really easy. dont pay some one to do it, it takes longer to take the car to a shop and have them do it then it does to do it in your driveway.
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I am just afraid to break a bolt or something. I have a very long break bar that I use

sometimes, but last time I used it I over tighted a motormount and broke the bolt.

So have you done it on a ZX3 model mine is about 70,000 miles. I looked at the bolt and

they do not look rusty they look gold color looking.
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It's a 15mm bolt... there is only one down there to remove. It will on there prtty tight. I think its like 66 ft/lbs or somewhere around there i think. Don't quote me. I just used my impact wrench to tighten it. That's why i had to use heat on mine then it broke right lose
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> I am just afraid to break a bolt or something.


Patience is helpful. You'd probably be OK if the bolt/nut isn't rusty, but if you want to be ultra-cautious, then spray the PB Blaster on it, tap it a bit with a hammer, and them wait a day before trying to do the job.
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Thanks Penguin I was just thinking about that myself.
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I would also spray them with the PB and try to let it sit for awhile. Mine were pretty tight and were only on a year and a half. It is definitely and easy job and that bolt will be the hardest part of the job.
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Thanks for the reply guys I replaced them yesterday. It took me 30 minutes. It was fun. I sprayed it with some PB and then it was easy from there. What I did notice was that my car gain some height now it looks slanted the back of the car looks higher than the front tires. I hope that is normal. I also checked the shocks and when I pressed them down all the way down they never will come up. I figure they where bad. I am also suspecting the front one's are bad too. Oh well I will tried to change those later on this month or next. Its getting cold here in Dallas.

Thanks for the help,

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