Ford Mustang (1999-2004) Service Manual: Shock Absorber

Removal

WARNING: All vehicles are equipped with gas pressurized shock absorbers which will extend unassisted. Do not apply heat or flame to the shock absorbers during removal or component servicing. Failure to follow these instructions can result in personal injury.

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 or an equivalent part must be installed, if installation is necessary. Do not use a part of lesser quality or substitute design. Torque values must be used as specified during reassembly to ensure proper retention of these parts.

1. Raise the vehicle on a hoist.

2. Remove the wheel and tire assembly.

3. Remove the front brake disc.

4. Remove the bolt and the ABS sensor.

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5. Unclip the ABS sensor wire from the bracket.

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6. Remove the nut and the ABS sensor wire bracket.

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7. Support the front suspension lower arm (3078) with a jack stand.

8. Disconnect the shock absorber (18124) from the spindle (3105).

1. Remove and discard the nuts and bolts.

2. Disconnect the shock absorber.

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9. Carefully lower the front suspension lower arm and remove the jack stand.

10. CAUTION: Do not allow the weight of the vehicle to rest on the front brake disc shield. Damage to the shield can occur.

Lower the vehicle to access the upper mount nuts and bolt.

11. Remove the shock absorber.

1. Remove the bolt and nuts. Discard the nuts.

2. Remove the shock absorber.

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12. Position the shock absorber in a vise.

13. Remove the nut and the front shock absorber mounting bracket (18183).

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14. Remove the sleeve and the bushing.

Installation

1. To install, reverse the removal procedure.

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