Ford Explorer: Rear Suspension / Removal and Installation - Toe Link

Ford Explorer 2020-2021 Service Manual / Chassis / Suspension / Rear Suspension / Removal and Installation - Toe 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.

    Raise the suspension to curb height.
    Use the General Equipment: Vehicle/Axle Stands
    1. NOTE: Index mark the cam adjusters for reference during installation.

      Remove and discard the toe link inboard cam bolt and nut.
    1. Remove and discard the toe link outboard bolt and remove the toe 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.

    NOTE: Align reference marks made during removal.

    1. Install the toe link and install the new outboard toe link bolt.
      Torque: 129 lb.ft (175 Nm)
    1. Install the new toe link inboard cam bolt and nut.
      Torque: 184 lb.ft (250 Nm)
  1. Install the wheel and tire.
    Refer to: Wheel and Tire (204-04A Wheels and Tires, Removal and Installation).
  1. Check and if necessary adjust rear toe.
    Refer to: Rear Toe Adjustment (204-00 Suspension System - General Information, General Procedures).

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