Ford Full-Size Cars 1968-1988 Repair Guide



See Figure 1

The rear axle is suspended from the vehicle frame by 2 upper and 2 lower control arms. Two coil springs are connected between the rear axle and the frame. Ride control is provided by 2 shock absorbers mounted between the coil springs upper seats and brackets welded to the axle tube.

In addition, some vehicles are equipped with a stabilizer bar to control side roll.

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Fig. Fig. 1: Rear suspension-1968-88

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.