Ford Tempo/Topaz 1984-1994 Repair Guide



See Figures 1 and 2

Your vehicle is equipped with a MacPherson strut front suspension. The strut acts upon a cast steering knuckle, which pivots on a ball joint mounted on a forged lower control arm. A stabilizer bar, which also acts as a locating link, is standard equipment. To maintain good directional stability, negative scrub radius is designed into the suspension geometry. This means that an imaginary line extended from the strut intersects the ground outside the tire patch. Caster and camber are preset and nonadjustable. The front suspension fittings are "lubed-for-life''; no grease fittings are provided.

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Fig. Fig. 1: Exploded view of front suspension

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Fig. Fig. 2: Front suspension hardware