Replaces

2002-2003 Ford Explorer 4 Door Front Strut & Spring Assembly Pair

Part Details

  • Front / Rear Location: Front
  • Quantity: Pair

  • New

These replacement shock and spring assemblies are just what you need to get your vehicle in good working order again.

Specifications:

  • Comes as a PAIR
    • Fits both the LH (Driver Side) & RH (Passenger Side) FRONT
  • Each Shock and Spring Assembly includes:
    • Upper Mount
    • Upper Spring Isolator
    • Upper Spring Seat
    • Lower Spring Isolator
    • Shock
  • Direct replacements
  • Built to strict quality control standards

We recommend performing an alignment after replacement.

In the past, replacing shocks required specialized tools to compress, remove and transfer the spring. This new shock and spring assembly makes this job much simpler for the do it yourself mechanic. This part comes pre-assembled. Jack up and support the vehicle with jack stands. Remove the wheel. Unbolt the top mounts and the bottom from the suspension and replace the whole unit. The large bottom bolts usually require an impact wrench and socket for removal. When reassembling, be sure to torque all nuts and bolts to their proper specifications. Do not use impact tools when reassembling.

Lifetime Warranty

This item is backed by a Limited Lifetime Warranty. In the event this item should fail due to manufacturing defects during intended use, we will exchange the part free of charge (excludes shipping charges) for the original purchaser. Please keep your invoice for proof of this warranty.

  1. Removing the Wheel (0:48 in the video)
    • Pry off the center cap with a flat blade screwdriver
    • Loosen the lug nuts with the vehicle on the ground
    • Raise the vehicle with a floor jack
    • Secure the vehicle on jack stands
    • Remove the lug nuts
    • Pull off the wheel
  2. Removing the Strut (1:18 in the video)
    • Apply rust penetrant to the three 13mm nuts on the top of the strut
    • Remove the 8mm bolt from the nearby valve to access the strut nuts
    • Remove the three 13mm nuts from the top of the strut
    • Remove the 24mm bolt from the bottom of the strut
    • Pry the strut down with a pry bar
    • Pull the strut forward up and out
  3. Installing the New Strut (3:02 in the video)
    • Feed the strut into the lower control arm
    • Push the strut studs into place
    • Fasten the three 13mm nuts onto the top of the strut
    • Remove the nut for the bottom strut bolt
    • Tap the 24mm bolt into the bottom of the strut with a hammer
    • Thread the nut onto the 24mm bolt
    • Support the strut with a jack
    • Tighten the 24mm bolt to 130 foot-pounds of torque
  4. Reattaching the Wheel (4:47 in the video)
    • Slide the wheel into place
    • Start the lug nuts by hand
    • Tighten the lug nuts preliminarily
    • Lower the vehicle to the ground
    • Tighten the lug nuts to 100 foot-pounds in a crossing or star pattern
    • Reattach the center cap
  5. Fastening the Strut (5:15 in the video)
    • Torque the three 13mm nuts to 30 foot-pounds
    • Put the valve into place
    • Insert the 8mm bolt into the valve

Tools needed for replacement:

    Ratchets & Related

  • Ratchet
  • Socket Extensions
  • Torque Wrench

  • Screwdrivers & Related

  • Pry Bar

  • Sockets - Metric

  • 13mm Socket
  • 19mm Socket
  • 24mm Socket
  • 8mm Socket

  • Specialty Tools

  • A Piece of Pipe (for leverage)
  • Floor Jack
  • Jack Stands

How-to Video:

(06:08 min)

Tools List:

    Ratchets & Related

  • Ratchet
  • Socket Extensions
  • Torque Wrench

  • Screwdrivers & Related

  • Pry Bar

  • Sockets - Metric

  • 13mm Socket
  • 19mm Socket
  • 24mm Socket
  • 8mm Socket

  • Specialty Tools

  • A Piece of Pipe (for leverage)
  • Floor Jack
  • Jack Stands




Vehicle Fit

  • 2002-2003 Ford Explorer 4 Door Front Strut & Spring Assembly Pair
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$163.45
Part #: 1ASSP00167

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