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    Ford Contour/Mystique/Cougar 1995-1999 Repair Guide

    Lower Control Arm

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    REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



    See Figures 1 through 7



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    Fig. Fig. 1: Lower control arm and related components (left side shown)



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    Fig. Fig. 2: Loosen the lower control arm-to-knuckle pinch bolt and nut using the appropriate tools and ...



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    Fig. Fig. 3: ... remove the bolt and nut from the knuckle



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    Fig. Fig. 4: Using a prybar or other suitable tool, pry the ball joint out of the knuckle



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    Fig. Fig. 5: The control arm is held by four retaining bolts on the subframe



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    Fig. Fig. 6: Remove the control arm-to-subframe retaining bolts and ...



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    Fig. Fig. 7: ... and remove the control arm from the vehicle

    Right Side

    1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
    2.  
    3. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
    4.  
    5. Remove the wheel and tire assembly.
    6.  
    7. Remove the lower ball joint to steering knuckle pinch bolt.
    8.  
    9. Separate the lower control arm ball joint from the steering knuckle.
    10.  
    11. Remove the 4 lower control arm bushing to front subframe nuts and bolts.
    12.  
    13. Remove the right side lower control arm.
    14.  

    To install:
    1. Place the right side lower control arm to the front subframe.
    2.  
    3. Reinstall the mounting bolts with the threads pointed down. Torque the mounting bolts to 96 ft. lbs. (130 Nm).
    4.  
    5. Reinstall the lower ball joint stud to the steering knuckle.
    6.  
    7. Reinstall the lower ball joint to steering knuckle pinch bolt. Torque the pinch bolt to 70 ft. lbs. (84 Nm).
    8.  
    9. Reinstall the wheel and tire assembly. Torque the lug nuts to 62 ft. lbs. (85 Nm).
    10.  
    11. Lower the vehicle.
    12.  
    13. Connect the negative battery cable.
    14.  
    15. Check the wheel alignment.
    16.  
    17. Road test the vehicle and check for proper operation.
    18.  

    Left Side

    1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
    2.  
    3. Support the radiator and fan shroud using safety wire to the radiator support.
    4.  
    5. If equipped with 2.0L (VIN 3) engine, remove the heat shield and the catalytic converter retaining nuts from the exhaust manifold.
    6.  
    7. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
    8.  
    9. Remove the catalytic converter.
    10.  
    11. Disconnect the steering column lower yoke.
    12.  
    13. If equipped with a manual transaxle, disconnect the gearshift rod and clevis.
    14.  
    15. Remove the front lower radiator cover.
    16.  
    17. Remove the radiator supports.
    18.  
    19. Remove the ball joint to steering knuckle pinch bolt.
    20.  
    21. Separate the lower control arm from the steering knuckle.
    22.  
    23. Disconnect the power steering cooler lines at the right-hand side of the front subframe.
    24.  
    25. Disconnect the sway bar link from the front sway bar.
    26.  
    27. Remove the through-bolts from the front and rear engine mounts.
    28.  
    29. Position a transmission jack or equivalent, under the front subframe.
    30.  
    31. Remove the subframe mounting bolts.
    32.  
    33. Remove the 4 lower control arm bushing to front subframe mounting nuts.
    34.  
    35. Lower the front subframe enough to allow removal of the lower control arm mounting bolts.
    36.  
    37. Remove the mounting bolts and remove the lower control arm.
    38.  

    To install:
    1. Position the lower control arm into the front subframe.
    2.  
    3. Reinstall the mounting bolts with the threads pointed down.
    4.  
    5. Raise the front subframe into position.
    6.  
    7. Reinstall the lower control arm to subframe mounting bolts. Torque the mounting bolts and nuts to 96 ft. lbs. (130 Nm).
    8.  
    9. Reinstall the subframe mounting bolts. Torque the bolts to 81-110 ft. lbs. (110-150 Nm).
    10.  
    11. Remove the transmission jack or equivalent.
    12.  
    13. Reinstall the front and rear engine mount through-bolts. Torque the through-bolts to 40-55 ft. lbs. (54-75 Nm).
    14.  
    15. Connect the power steering cooler lines to the right-hand side of the subframe.
    16.  
    17. Position the lower control arm ball joint stud to the steering knuckle.
    18.  
    19. Reinstall the pinch bolt and torque to 70 ft. lbs. (84 Nm).
    20.  
    21. Connect the sway bar link to the front sway bar. Torque the bar link to 37 ft. lbs. (50 Nm).
    22.  
    23. Reinstall the radiator support.
    24.  
    25. Reinstall the front lower radiator cover.
    26.  
    27. Reinstall the catalytic converter.
    28.  
    29. Lower the vehicle.
    30.  
    31. If equipped with 2.0L (VIN 3) engine, install the heat shield and the catalytic converter retaining nuts.
    32.  
    33. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
    34.  
    35. If equipped with a manual transaxle, install the gearshift rod and clevis.
    36.  
    37. Connect the steering column lower yoke.
    38.  
    39. Reinstall the wheel and tire assembly. Torque the lug nuts to 62 ft. lbs. (85 Nm).
    40.  
    41. Lower the vehicle.
    42.  
    43. Remove the safety wire supporting the radiator.
    44.  
    45. Connect the negative battery cable.
    46.  

    Whenever the vehicle subframe is removed or lowered, the wheel alignment should be checked.

    1. Check the wheel alignment.
    2.  
    3. Road test the vehicle and check for proper operation.
    4.  

    CONTROL ARM BUSHING REPLACEMENT



    See Figure 8



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    Fig. Fig. 8: The control arm bushings are part of the control arm assembly

    If the control arm bushings require replacement, the lower control arm assembly must be replaced, as the control arm bushings are not separately serviceable.

     
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