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    Ford Escort/Tracer 1991-1999 Repair Guide

    Lateral Links and Trailing Link

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    REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



    1991-96 Models

    See Figures 1 and 2



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    Fig. Fig. 1: Exploded view of the lateral links and trailing link components-1991-96 models

    1. Raise the car and support it with safety stands.
    2.  
    3. Remove the wheel and tire assembly.
    4.  
    5. Remove the stabilizer nuts, washers, bushings, sleeves and bolts.
    6.  
    7. Remove the bolts securing the stabilizer bar brackets and grommets to the rear suspension crossmember.
    8.  
    9. Remove the stabilizer bar.
    10.  
    11. Remove the cap covering the front and rear lateral link pivot bolts.
    12.  
    13. Position a floor jackstand beneath the rear suspension crossmember.
    14.  
    15. Remove the bolts securing the rear suspension crossmember to the vehicle frame.
    16.  
    17. Lower the floor jackstand to allow the rear suspension crossmember to be lowered from the vehicle frame.
    18.  
    19. Remove the front and rear lateral link pivot nut, washer and bolt from the rear suspension crossmember.
    20.  
    21. Remove the front and rear lateral links from the rear suspension crossmember.
    22.  
    23. Remove the bolt, washers and nut securing the front and rear lateral links to the rear wheel spindle and remove the lateral links.
    24.  
    25. Remove the nuts securing the parking brake cable and cable bracket to the trailing link.
    26.  
    27. Remove the rear trailing link bolts and washers from the vehicle frame and rear wheel spindle.
    28.  
    29. Remove the rear trailing link.
    30.  



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    Fig. Fig. 2: Location of the rear trailing link retaining bolts (arrows)

    To install:
    1. Position the rear trailing link and install the bolts and washers. Tighten the trailing link front bolt to 46-69 ft. lbs. (63-93 Nm) and the rear bolt to 69-93 ft. lbs. (93-127 Nm).
    2.  
    3. Position the parking brake cable and bracket to the trailing link and secure it with the nuts.
    4.  
    5. Position the front and rear lateral links to the rear wheel spindle and install the washers, bolt and nut. Tighten the front and rear lateral link nut at the rear wheel spindle to 63-86 ft. lbs. (85-117 Nm).
    6.  
    7. Position the front and rear lateral links to the rear suspension crossmember. Tighten the front and rear lateral link nut at the rear suspension crossmember to 50-70 ft. lbs. (68-95 Nm).
    8.  
    9. Install the cap.
    10.  
    11. Raise the floor jackstand to position the rear suspension crossmember to the vehicle frame. Install and tighten the bolts. Remove the floor jackstand from under the vehicle.
    12.  
    13. Position the grommets onto the stabilizer bar and align the grommets to the positions painted on the bar.
    14.  
    15. Position the stabilizer bar to the rear suspension crossmember and secure it in place with the straps and bolts. Tighten the bolts to 32-43 ft. lbs. (43-59 Nm).
    16.  
    17. Install the stabilizer bolts, washers, grommets, sleeves and nuts. Tighten the stabilizer nuts so 0.64-0.71 in. (16.2-18.2mm) of thread is exposed at the end of the bolt.
    18.  
    19. Install the wheel and tire assembly.
    20.  
    21. Check the wheel alignment and lower the vehicle.
    22.  

     
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