Been looking through the forums for info on read strut replacement. I've got a Gen 4 Taurus (2006) with over 100K miles.
I'm planning to replace the struts, but wanted to check whether there were other parts I should also replace while I'm at it.
Getting the quick struts was the smart move. Your springs will eventually
start breaking away. Better to do the job once than multiple times.
From my experience in rear struts, here is what i would do.
Use your pressure washer or take it to the car wash. Jack up the
rear of the car. Spray inside the knuckle where the strut goes in,
on the seam on both sides. spray down the rear of the area where the
crud could fall in your eyes. Let it dry off, then spray the seam with
penetrating oil or such. let it soak in. THEN try to remove the struts.
Its much easier if you put the entire back end up and remove BOTH
sway bar links before you start removing anything else
This area of the knuckle builds up rust which makes it hard to get the
dam pinch bolt out. The more crud you can break loose, the easier
time your going to have. be careful of being too aggressive if it does not
immediately come out. A broken pinch bolt is a pain to deal with.
just keep working it in and out in both directions until you get it out
it may take torch heat as well as penetrating oil to do it.
If you having issues, an extra long breaker bar is a good way to modulate
the force to get it broke loose. Its a little to easier to get carried away
with the impact, then BOING goes the pinch bolt if you not careful.
If your stuck, your going to need to double team it with one guy on the
torch, and one guy on the breaker bar.
You can inspect the sway bar and links for bad rubber and replace as
With any luck, you will make a few bucks with the change stuck
under the back seat when you take it out.