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Old 07-05-2012, 08:04 AM   #1
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01 front strut assembly help

So i had a spring break off the strut last night, luckily my tire was there so it would have something to stab.

basically trying to get it back on the road as cheaply as possible, the car is not long for this world but i need it for a few more months. pretty sure im just outside the factory replacement window on this one. (FORD- if your car is more than ten years old we want your springs to break so you die in a firey wreck?)

I have a couple new oem struts kicking around, what else do i need besides the springs? i know i'll need a shop to assemble them i just dont know what else i need. would it be cheapest to have a shop assemble them and put them in myself? thanks for any help in advance guys.

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Old 07-05-2012, 11:23 AM   #2
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Yes, Ford admitted that some bad springs got installed on early first generation foci. A service bulletin was issued and some were replaced. I do not believe its still in effect. The problem was cleaned up by 2003 so a used set off of an 03 to 05 car should be an acceptable replacement. Installation is really dependent on your skills. No special tools are needed to remove the strut. A spring compressor will be needed to install the replacement spring on the new strut. There's several how-to's in the stickies at the top of this section. I'd also recommend new upper strut mounts and bearings and possibly new sway bar end links for a thorough/complete job.
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