All models except the Mountaineer, 1115-11 Explorer and 1118-11 Ranger use coil springs.
REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
See Figure 1
- Raise the front of the vehicle and place jackstands under the frame and a jack under the axle.
- Disconnect the shock absorber at the lower shock stud. Remove the nut securing the lower retainer to spring seat. Remove the lower retainer.
- Lower the axle as far as it will go without stretching the brake hose and tube assembly. The axle should now be unsupported without hanging by the brake hose. If not, then either remove the caliper or use Strut Spring Compressor Tool, T81P-5310-A or equivalent. Remove the spring.
- If there is a lot of slack in the brake hose assembly, a pry bar can be used to lift the spring over the bolt that passes through the lower spring seat.
- Rotate the spring so the built-in retainer on the upper spring seat is cleared.
- Remove the spring from the vehicle.
- If removed, install the bolt in the axle arm and install the nut all the way down. Install the spring lower seat and lower insulator. On the 1111-14 Explorer, also install the stabilizer bar mounting bracket and spring spacer.
- With the axle in the lowest position, install the top of the spring in the upper seat. Rotate the spring into position.
- Lift the lower end of the spring over the bolt.
- Raise the axle slowly until the spring is seated in the lower spring upper seat. Install the lower retainer and nut.
- Connect the shock absorber to the lower shock stud.
- Remove the jack and jackstands and lower vehicle.