Replacing rear springs and struts doable? - Taurus Car Club of America : Ford Taurus Forum
Register Home Forums Active Topics Topic Finder Photos Members List Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read Auto EscrowAuto Loans
TaurusClub.com is the premier Ford Taurus Forum on the internet. Registered Users do not see the above ads.
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 09-01-2010, 03:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
Junior Member
 
Leatherenck's Avatar
 
Member Number: 31135
Join Date: Sep 2010
Chapter: Midwest
Drives: 2001 SE SOHC 3.0
Visit: My Garage
Posts: 6
Trader Score: 0 reviews
Rep Power: 0
Leatherenck is an unknown quantity at this point
Default Replacing rear springs and struts doable?

Howdy folks, first time poster but plenty of experience with kids and used car repairs! I'm pretty handy in the garage, but I've never tackled springs or struts. The only suspension part I've had to replace on the kid's Taurus is a stabilizer bar and that was a snap. My Wife just took it in for new tires and they told her the rear springs were broken. They quoted her $800 for repairs. Of course I googled it and it appears it's an epidemic! It's an '01 Sedan.

Can this be safely done with relative ease in the driveway? If so is there something I should be soaking with penetrating oil? I am "assuming" these have been broke for a while and is it safe for her to drive around town until I can get the repairs done?

Thanks
Leatherneck
__________________
USMC RETIRED
Leatherenck is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 09-01-2010, 03:52 PM   #2 (permalink)
Devoted Member
 
Member Number: 3575
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Beautiful Palmdale, CA
Visit: My Garage
Posts: 2,532
Trader Score: 0 reviews
Rep Power: 26
sfhess will become famous soon enough
Default

Shop manual shows how it's done. You will need an external spring compressor. You have to take out the back seat and package tray to get at the upper strut mounting bolts. Do this after you remove the nut on the trailing strut, brake line retainer and pinch bolt on the strut itself. Pinch bolt, trailing arm nut, brake line retainer and stabilizer bar links (take off both sides) will require penetrating oil in your case unless it looks like this underneath (pic is of my 91 LX):

__________________
"Don't blame me. I voted for Kodos." - H J Simpson

Intact is one word. A lot is two words.

1991 Taurus LX Sedan 3.8 Titanium Frost - Taken to the pound/RIP 12/27/2012.
2011 Fusion 2.5 Auto Silver Appearance Package
1969 Cougar XR 7 351W
2014 Focus SE Hatch 2.0 GDI White Sport Package
"I had the right to remain silent, but I did not have the ability" - Ron White
sfhess is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-01-2010, 04:00 PM   #3 (permalink)
Junior Member
 
Leatherenck's Avatar
 
Member Number: 31135
Join Date: Sep 2010
Chapter: Midwest
Drives: 2001 SE SOHC 3.0
Visit: My Garage
Posts: 6
Trader Score: 0 reviews
Rep Power: 0
Leatherenck is an unknown quantity at this point
Default

Thanks for the reply. Will buying the Monroe or Gabriel all in one kit make the job easier?

__________________
USMC RETIRED
Leatherenck is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-01-2010, 04:05 PM   #4 (permalink)
Member
 
Member Number: 29866
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Minnesota
Chapter: Midwest
Drives: 2000 Taurus SE
Visit: My Garage
Posts: 247
Trader Score: 1 reviews
Rep Power: 9
Hornswaggle is an unknown quantity at this point
Default

Greetings leatherneck and first let me thank you for your service to our great country! There are lots of great threads about rear struts and the dreaded broken springs on here, so many in fact that you could spend days reading it all. I would recommend at least doing a search and checking out a few threads just to give you some background.

I've always done as much mechanical work myself as I can but I am no expert. I just recently replaced the springs and struts in my '00 Taurus and I've just got a few comments then I'm sure others will offer more advice also.
- It's definately do-able for you to do that if you're a little mechanically inclined.
- You will save a lot of money and you can easily justify any additional tools you might have to pick up.
- Do it as soon as you can, broken springs can destroy a tire at the wrong time.
- You can remind your wife often how much money you saved
- Get a can of PB Blaster at Wallmart and start soaking those dreaded pinch bolts. A lot of people will also recommend a better home-brew mix of 50/50 ATF and acetone that is supposed to be the best penetrating mixture.
- If you live in the rust belt assume the pinch bolts will break and you'll have to drill them out. If they don't break you can crack a beer and celebrate! I was able to get mine out after a lot of PB Blaster, patience, long breaker bar and elbow grease but I still drilled out the threads and used a 7/16 grade 8 bolt instead of replacing the pinch bolts.
- Don't try to replace just the springs and reuse the struts. The struts are probably due for replacement anyway. Moog and Monroe offer 'quick-struts' that come with the springs already installed and all you have to do is swap them out.
- This is a good time to also check the rear brakes (drum or disk) to make sure they are okay.

Good luck!
__________________
Kevin

Current stable
2000 Taurus SE
2004 Sable LS Prem DOHC

Previously owned
1988 Taurus LX
1994 Sable GS
Hornswaggle is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-01-2010, 04:22 PM   #5 (permalink)
Junior Member
 
Leatherenck's Avatar
 
Member Number: 31135
Join Date: Sep 2010
Chapter: Midwest
Drives: 2001 SE SOHC 3.0
Visit: My Garage
Posts: 6
Trader Score: 0 reviews
Rep Power: 0
Leatherenck is an unknown quantity at this point
Default

The Wife just got home and I took a look. I guess I can see where the springs are broke near the bottom of where they are sitting. The car has 129k and Lord knows how long they have been broken? I'll take a look around the forum and get as much guidance as I can.

Thanks for the warm welcome.
__________________
USMC RETIRED
Leatherenck is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-01-2010, 06:44 PM   #6 (permalink)
Devoted Member
 
austex04's Avatar
 
Member Number: 17509
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Austin Tx
Visit: My Garage
Posts: 1,392
Trader Score: 0 reviews
Rep Power: 14
austex04 is an unknown quantity at this point
Default

My advice: don't use Monroe struts, as a handfull of members have had nothing but trouble with them, including myself (on another vehicle). I would go with Gabrial ready-mount struts (pre-loaded with new springs), haven't heard any complants on those brand. I see you live in the NE, so corrosion could be an issue, so also buy plenty of WD-40 to spray around rusted bolts. Check the topic finder on the rear struts, it could be a good father/son project for a sat.
austex04 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-01-2010, 06:55 PM   #7 (permalink)
Junior Member
 
Leatherenck's Avatar
 
Member Number: 31135
Join Date: Sep 2010
Chapter: Midwest
Drives: 2001 SE SOHC 3.0
Visit: My Garage
Posts: 6
Trader Score: 0 reviews
Rep Power: 0
Leatherenck is an unknown quantity at this point
Default

Thanks for the tip. I am actually from the Midwest and just changed it in my profile. Seems like I am joining a new car forum every other month as my Daughters have been through about 5 cars in the last year.

The Taurus has been a mixed bag of emotions and now this. Sounds like I can tackle it though and I pray I don't snap any bolts!
__________________
USMC RETIRED
Leatherenck is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-01-2010, 07:17 PM   #8 (permalink)
Devoted Member
 
austex04's Avatar
 
Member Number: 17509
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Austin Tx
Visit: My Garage
Posts: 1,392
Trader Score: 0 reviews
Rep Power: 14
austex04 is an unknown quantity at this point
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Leatherenck View Post
Thanks for the tip. I am actually from the Midwest and just changed it in my profile. Seems like I am joining a new car forum every other month as my Daughters have been through about 5 cars in the last year.

The Taurus has been a mixed bag of emotions and now this. Sounds like I can tackle it though and I pray I don't snap any bolts!
The broken springs issue only occurs in the rust belt, due to road salt during the winters. It had to do with the coating Ford used on the springs, and it's not just a Taurus issue, it also happend on the Escorts from that era, starting from the 90's. Also, some members who live in the rust belt had issues with the springs rusting on the Monroe Quick Struts, within the first year! I'm happy I don't live where they salt the roads, as I would hate to work on something with rusted bolts. All older cars have their own issues, but at least you don't have car payments!

If you decide to tackle this job yourself, pay attention to the rear shelf area, as it too is prone to corrosion. When your in there to replace the rear struts, you should buy a few cans of undercoating to spray down that problem area (check the topic finder on that issue).

Last edited by austex04; 09-01-2010 at 07:20 PM.
austex04 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-01-2010, 07:54 PM   #9 (permalink)
Crazy Devoted Member
 
firespirit's Avatar
 
Member Number: 1387
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Portage, IN
Chapter: Midwest
Drives: 1997 Ford Taurus GL 2001 Mercury Sable LS Premium
Visit: My Garage
Posts: 10,636
Trader Score: 0 reviews
Rep Power: 45
firespirit has a spectacular aura about
Send a message via AIM to firespirit Send a message via MSN to firespirit Send a message via Yahoo to firespirit
Default

I would recommend Monroe Quick struts and the new rear pinch-bolts AK49 I think is the part number. I have not had a problem with the quick struts on my 01 Sable, however I did not chose this option for my 97 Taurus. I am using brand new Monroe Sensatrac struts with Eibach lowering springs (which is not for everyone, trust me). The quick struts give the car more of a 4x4 stance, but overall the ride quality is there.

This is a pretty easy operation to take on and will save you a lot of money in the long run. It is very recommended that you should have an air compressor to make the job faster though, and I was blessed to have one while working in the driveway. The job was done fairly quickly (with the exception of the snapped rear bolt on the sable which took me 3 days to rectify). The Taurus rear was done within 2 hours from start to finish.
__________________
97 Ford Taurus :://:: 2001 Mercury Sable
firespirit is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-01-2010, 07:55 PM   #10 (permalink)
Junior Member
 
Leatherenck's Avatar
 
Member Number: 31135
Join Date: Sep 2010
Chapter: Midwest
Drives: 2001 SE SOHC 3.0
Visit: My Garage
Posts: 6
Trader Score: 0 reviews
Rep Power: 0
Leatherenck is an unknown quantity at this point
Default

Just ordered a couple Gabriel Readymount assemblies from Amazon. I don't know how they can offer the same part# as others for 1/2 the price and free S&H but I'll take it! I would like to fix them this weekend but I'll tell the Daughter to stay off the highway and limit her driving. I would not doubt that they have been broke for a good while so hopefully they won't explode and ruin the new tires before the parts get here.
__________________
USMC RETIRED
Leatherenck is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply


Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:08 PM.



Powered by vBulletin® Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.3.2