Ford Mid-Size Cars 1971-1985 Repair Guide



See Figures 1 and 2

The rear axle is attached to the vehicle frame by control arms mounted to the lower portion of the axle. Two coil springs are connected between the rear axle and the frame on 1971-82 models and between the control arms and frame on 1983-85 models. Ride control is provided by 2 shock absorbers mounted independantly to the frame and axle.

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

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Fig. Fig. 1: Rear suspension assembly-1883-85

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Fig. Fig. 2: Rear suspension-1971-83

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.