Article 955 - Front Spring Replacement

TSB #51 - November 18, 1966
(All 1965 through 1967 Ford Models and All 1967 Thunderbirds)


FRONT SPRING REMOVAL
    1. Raise the vehicle and support the front end of the frame with jack stands.
    2. Place a jack under the lower arm to support it.
    3. Disconnect the lower end of the shock absorber from the lower arm.
    4. Remove the bolts that attach the strut and the rebound bumper to the lower arm.
    5. Disconnect the lower end of sway bar stud from the lower arm.
    6. Remove the nut and bolt that secures the inner end of the lower arm to the crossmember.
    7. Carefully lower the jack slowly to relieve the spring pressure on the lower arm, then remove the spring.

FRONT SPRING INSTALLATION
    1. Position the spring on the lower arm so that the lower end properly engages the seat.
    2. Raise the lower arm carefully with a jack while guiding the inner end to align with the bolt hole in the cross-member. Insert the attaching bolt in the rear of the crossmember and through the lower arm. Install and torque the nut to specification.
    3. Secure the lower end of the shock absorber to the lower arm with the two attaching bolts.
    4. Secure the strut and the rebound bumper to the lower arm with the two attaching bolts. Torque the bolts to specification.
    5. Connect the sway bar to the lower arm with the attaching washers and insulators as shown in Fig. 1 on page 3-11 of the 1966 Ford-Mercury Shop Manual. Torque the nut to specification.
    6. Check the front end alignment and adjust it to the recommended specifications if required.

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