How to Replace Shocks & Struts in a Ford Fusion
This video shows how to complete a suspension job on a 2006 Ford Fusion. We'll install shocks in the rear, but in the front 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. A big tool like 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 parking brake on before starting. You may also need some PB Blaster to loosen up the tough nuts and bolts.
Break the lug nuts. Jack up the vehicle from a secure point and place it on jack stands. Remove the lug nuts and the wheel. Remove the brake hose bracket bolt using a 10 millimeter socket. Remove the sway bar link using the 14 millimeter and five millimeter [heads 00:00:01:07]. Remove the top clevis bolt using a 14 millimeter. Remove the lower clevis bolt and slide down the clevis to remove from the strut. Remove the top three strap nuts using a 13 millimeter and remove the strut assembly.
Install the new assembly. Tighten the top three strut mount nuts. Slide the clevis onto the new strut and tighten the top clevis bolt. Install lower clevis bolt. Install the sway bar link nut and tighten. Install the brake hose bracket bold and tighten. Tighten the lug nuts. Then Jack up the car, remove the jack, and lower the car until the wheel is just touching. Tighten the lug nuts to torque of one hundred foot pounds. Repeat on the other side, then you're ready to move to 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 lower shock bolt and nut using an 18 millimeter. Using a long extension, swivel, and 14 millimeter socket, remove two of the top shock mount bracket bolts. The last one can be removed with a wrench, and then you'll remove the shock assembly.
Remove the top shock mount bolt and nut using a 15 millimeter on both sides. Install the shock assembly and finger tighten the top three mounting bracket blots. Install the lower shock bolt and nut and tighten. Tighten the top three shock bracket bolts. Install the wheel, tighten the lug nuts, and jack up the car. Remove the Jack and lower the car until the wheel is just touching. Tighten the lug nut to torque of one hundred foot pounds. Repeat on the other side, and you're done. We recommend going for a test drive, getting in alignment, and enjoying your new suspension.
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