Ford Explorer: Rear Suspension / Removal and Installation - Lower Arm Vertical Link

Ford Explorer 2020-2022 Service Manual / Chassis / Suspension / Rear Suspension / Removal and Installation - Lower Arm Vertical Link

Special Tool(s) / General Equipment

Vehicle/Axle Stands

Removal

NOTICE: Suspension fasteners are critical parts that affect the performance of vital components and systems. Failure of these fasteners may result in major service expense. Use the same or equivalent parts if replacement is necessary. Do not use a replacement part of lesser quality or substitute design. Tighten fasteners as specified.

  1. Remove the wheel and tire.
    Refer to: Wheel and Tire (204-04A Wheels and Tires, Removal and Installation).
  1. NOTICE: Do not attempt to jacking on the front control arm or rear control arm on any vehicle. Damage to control arms may occur.

    NOTICE: Make sure that the insulator pads are correctly positioned to prevent direct contact with other components.

    Use a suitable jack to raise the suspension until the distance between the center of the hub and the lip of the fender is equal to the measurement taken during removal (curb height).
    Use the General Equipment: Vehicle/Axle Stands
    1. Remove and discard the lower arm vertical link upper bolt and nut.
    1. Remove and discard the lower arm vertical link lower bolt and remove the lower arm vertical link.

Installation

  1. NOTICE: Tighten the suspension fasteners with the weight of the vehicle on the wheels and tires or use a suitable jack to raise the suspension to curb height or damage to the bushings may occur.

    NOTE: Only tighten the nuts and bolts when the suspension is in the normal drive position.

    1. Install the lower arm vertical link and install the new lower arm vertical link upper bolt.
      Torque: 76 lb.ft (103 Nm)
    1. Install the new lower arm vertical link lower bolt and nut.
      Torque: 258 lb.ft (350 Nm)
  1. Install the wheel and tire.
    Refer to: Wheel and Tire (204-04A Wheels and Tires, Removal and Installation).

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