How To Replace Shocks & Struts on a 2007-2012 Ford Expedition
This video shows how to complete a suspension job on a 2012 Ford Expedition. We'll install these Duralast loaded strut assemblies for a faster install and better ride control. Now, you can do this job at home with hand tools. These are the tools you'll need for the job. The bigger tools like the 30-millimeter deep socket and the half-inch drive torque wrench, you can borrow from AutoZone through the Loan-A-Tool program. You'll also need a good hydraulic jack, some jack stands, and wheel chocks. Make sure the car is in park with the parking break on before starting. You may also need some PB blaster to loosen up tough nuts and bolts. You get started, loosen the lug nuts, jack up for vehicle from a secure point and place it on jack stands.
Then remove the lug nuts and the wheel. First we'll remove the wheel speed sensor bracket bolt. Then remove the brake hose bracket bolt. Now remove the tie rod end nut, and you might want to knock this loose with a mallet. Remove the two sway bar bracket nuts. Remove the upper ball joint nut and knock this loose from the spindle. Remove the lower strut nut. Then go to the top to remove the top three strut mount nuts. Now removed the lower strut mount bolt and then you can remove the strut assembly.
Install the new strut assembly and tighten the top three strut mount nuts. Now you'll need to use the jack here to support the lower control lock. Then raise it to install the lower strut bolt and tap this in with the mount. Continue to raise the jack to install the upper ball joint nut and tighten it.
Tighten the lower strut mount bolt and nut. Remove the jack and install and tighten the tie rod end nut. Now install and tighten the sway bar bracket nut. You've got to install both the brake hose and the wheel speed sensor bracket bolts here. Install the wheel, jack up the car, remove the jack stands and lower the car until the wheel is just touching. Torque the lug nuts to 150 foot pounds. Repeat on the other side and you're ready to move to the rear.
For the rear, raise the vehicle and remove the wheel using the same procedure as the front just with the appropriate wheel and support points. Remove the brake caliper and secure it to prevent from damaging the brake hose. Remove the one nut and two bolts securing the knuckle and knock this loose with a mallet.
Remove the lower strut nut and support the rear suspension using the jack. Remove the top three strut mount nuts from the top and then remove the jack. Remove the lower strut bolt and then you can remove the strut assembly. Install the new strut assembly and hand thread the top nuts. Use a jack to line up the lower struck mount and then you can install the bolt and tap it through.
Tighten the top three strut mount nuts. Use the jack to raise the knuckle and then you can install the three control arms and tighten the nuts and bolts. Then remove the jack. Install the lower strut nut and tighten. Install the brake caliper. Install the wheel following the same procedure as the front. Repeat on the other side and you're done. We recommend going for a test drive, getting an alignment check and enjoying your new suspension.