Ford Escort/Lynx 1981-1990 Repair Guide

Coil Springs



See Figures 1, 2, 3 and 4

  1. Raise and support the vehicle safely. Position the jackstands on the frame pads slightly in front of the rear wheels.
  3. Place a floor jack or small hydraulic jack under the rear control arm. Raise the control arm to its normal height with the jack, do not lift the car frame from the jackstands.

If a twin-post lift is used, vehicle must be supported on jackstands placed under the jack pads of the underbody.

  1. Remove wheel(s).
  3. Remove and discard nut, bolt and washers retaining lower control arm to spindle.
  5. Slowly lower the jack under the control arm. The coil spring will relax as the control arm is lowered. Lower the control arm until the spring can be removed.

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Fig. Fig. 1: Common rear suspension fasteners-1981-85 models

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Fig. Fig. 2: Support the lower control arm with a jack

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Fig. Fig. 3: Seat the spring into the insulator tab as shown

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Fig. Fig. 4: The spring must be properly indexed into the arm spring seat pocket

To install:
  1. The spring insulator must be replaced when servicing the spring.
  3. Index the insulator on the spring and press the insulator downward until it snaps into place. Check again to ensure the insulator is properly indexed against tip of the spring.
  5. Install spring in control arm. Ensure spring is properly seated in control arm spring pocket.
  7. Raise control arm and spring with a floor jack. Position the spring in the pocket on the underbody.
  9. Using a new bolt, nut and washers, attach the control arm to the spindle. Install bolt with the head toward front of the vehicle. On the 1981-85 models, tighten the nut and bolt to 90-100 ft. lbs. (122-136 Nm). On the 1985 1 / 2 -90 models, tighten to 60-80 ft. lbs. (81-109 Nm).
  11. Install the tire and wheel.
  13. Remove the floor jack and lower the vehicle.