Ford- Fairmount/Zephyr 1978-1983 Repair Guide

General Information


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Fig. Fig. 1 Exploded view of the front suspension used on all 1978-83 Fairmont and Zephyr models

All Fairmont/Zephyr models use a modified version of the MacPherson strut front suspension. The design utilizes shock struts with coil springs mounted between the lower arm and a spring pocket in the No. 2 crossmember. The shock struts are non-repairable, and must be replaced as a unit. The ball joints and lower suspension arm bushings are not separately serviced, and they also must be replaced by acquiring a new suspension arm assembly. The ball joint seal can be replaced separately.