Ford Freestar, Monterey 2004-2006

Trailing Arm

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Bushing Replacement




NOTE
This procedure requires the following special tools, or their equivalents. Bushing Replacer 204-189 (T95T-5638-DH), Bushing Remover/Replacer 204-191 (T95T-5638-FH), Forcing Screws 204-044 (T79P-5638-AR), Rotunda High Lift Jack 014-00942.


WARNING
Suspension fasteners are critical parts because they affect performance of vital components and systems and their failure can result in major service expense. They must be replaced with the same part number, or an equivalent part, if replacement is necessary. Do not use a replacement part of lesser quality or substitute design. Torque values must be used as specified during reassembly to ensure proper retention of these parts.


WARNING
The rear axle assembly must be supported to prevent damage to the vehicle. The rear axle U-channel must fit completely into the saddle of the jack stand to prevent damage to the rear axle.

  1. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
  2.  
  3. Remove the rear brake disc (rotor), as outlined in brakes.
  4.  
  5. Using the special tool or equivalent jack stand, support the rear axle.
  6.  
  7. Remove the shock absorber lower bolt and nut.
  8.  
  9. Remove the trailing arm bushing bolt and nut.
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  11. If necessary, use a pry bar to remove the trailing arm and bushing from the body bracket.
  12.  
  13. Using the special tools, remove the trailing arm bushing.

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    Fig. Use the special tools to remove the trailing arm bushing

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  15. Using a suitable calibrated telescoping micrometer, measure the trailing arm bushing bore. If the measurement exceeds the specification, install a new rear axle assembly.

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    Fig. Using a suitable calibrated telescoping micrometer, measure the trailing arm bushing bore. If the measurement exceeds the specification, install a new rear axle assembly

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To install:

  1. Using the special tools, install the trailing arm bushing.
    NOTE
    Make sure the coil spring is correctly seated before raising the axle assembly.



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    Fig. Using the special tools, install the trailing arm bushing

  2.  
  3. Raise the rear axle assembly into position and install the trailing arm bolt and nut. Tighten to 98 ft. lbs. (133 Nm).
  4.  
  5. Install the shock absorber lower bolt. Tighten to 59 ft. lbs. (80 Nm).
  6.  
  7. Install the rear brake disc (rotor)
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  9. Carefully lower the vehicle.
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