Ford Mustang (1999-2004) Service Manual: Lower Arm

Removal

CAUTION: Suspension fasteners are critical parts because they affect performance of vital components and systems and their failure can result in major service expense. A new part with the same part number must be installed if installation becomes necessary. If substitution is necessary, the part must be of the same finish and property class. Torque values must be used as specified during reassembly to make sure of correct retention of these parts.

1. Mark the rear shock absorber (18125) relative to the protective sleeve with the vehicle in a static, level ground position (curb height).

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2. Remove the muffler assembly(ies).

3. Remove the rear spring (5560). For additional information, refer to Spring-Coil in this section.

4. Remove the lower suspension arm and bushing (5A649) from the body attachment.

1. Remove and discard the bolt and nut.

2. Remove the lower arm.

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Installation

1. Install the lower suspension arm and bushing to the body attachment.

1. Position the lower arm.

2. Install a new bolt and a new nut. Do not tighten at this time.

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2. NOTE: Tighten the lower suspension arm and bushing-to-body attachment bolt after installing the spring while the suspension is at curb height.

Install the rear spring. For additional information, refer to Spring-Coil in this section.

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3. Install the muffler assembly(ies).

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