Ford Full-Size Cars 1968-1988 Repair Guide



See Figures 1 and 2

Each front wheel rotates on a spindle. The spindle's upper and lower ends attach to the upper and lower ball joints which mount to an upper and lower arm respectively. Through 1978 the upper arm pivots on a bushing and shaft assembly bolted to the frame. The lower arm pivots on a crossmember bolt. The coil spring is seated between the lower arm and the top of the spring housing on the underside of the upper arm. A shock absorber is bolted to the lower arm at the bottom and the top of the spring housing. For 1979, the front suspension was redesigned. The arm and strut assembly has been replaced by a new lower A-arm. The upper ball joint incorporates a new low friction design, and the lower ball joint has a built-in wear indicator. A front stabilizer bar is standard.

All suspension fasteners are important in that they could affect the performance of vital parts and systems, and/or could result in major service expense. Any part must be replaced with one of the same part number or with an exact equivalent. Do not use a replacement part of lesser quality or substitute design. Torque values must be used as specified during assembly to ensure proper retention.

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Fig. Fig. 1: Front suspension-Full sized Ford vehicles

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Fig. Fig. 2: Front suspension-spring, A-arm and shock assemblies