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How To Replace Front Struts on a 1996-2007 Ford Taurus or 1996-2005 Mercury Sable

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1A Auto shows you how to repair, fix, change or replace front struts. This video is applicable to 1996-2007 Ford Taurus and 1996-2005 Mercury Sable models. You will first learn how to remove your existing strut, and then install a replacement if necessary.

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"In this video we're going to show you how replace a front strut on this 2001 Ford Taurus, and the process is pretty much the same for any 1996 to 2007 Taurus.

Tools you'll need for this front strut repair job are not all that uncommon; you will need a jack and jack stands, 10 to 18 millimeter wrenches, and 10 to 21 millimeter sockets with ratchets and extensions, and a large hammer. Once you know how to change a front strut, it's not that difficult of a repair job. It does require some strengths in spots, probably not the everyday do-it-yourself type job, but not that complicated nonetheless.

Okay, so now we are going to show you how to remove the strut. We'll start by removing the wheel. If you have the benefit of air tools, that's great, if you don't have the benefit of air tools, what you want to do is first loosen your lug nuts while the wheel is still on the ground, then raise the car, and take the lug nuts the rest of the way off.

Use penetrating oil to spray the upper stabilizer bolt, and then the large bolt that pinches the strut in the steering knuckle. Although soaked, there's a 10 millimeter bolt right here that you can remove, it holds the brake line bracket. We'll kind of speed through that, then you pull that brake line bracket out, and then you slide the bracket that has the ABS sensor up, and pull that clip off.

The upper stabilizer bolts, you'll need an 18 millimeter wrench and then you can see I've got a 10 millimeter wrench on there, in case I need to hold that shaft still, and it turns out that this actually comes apart without even having to hold that in place.

You pull that link out and then I'm just putting the bolt back on for safe keeping, and now the bolt that holds the lower end of the strut. It's an 18 millimeter wrench that I'm going to use to hold it. This is a 21 millimeter.

I'm just taking them, pull the rest way off by hand and then I accidentally dropped it. A small hammer or a hammer, and just drive that bolt out. You have to drive it all the way out, that bolt actually does hold on to the strut, but once you get it out, you can usually pull it out right by hand. Then you need a good size hammer, and you just hit the top of the steering knuckle. If you look real close you can basically see the disc sliding down off of the strut, and we'll speed it up a little bit here. Until, and then separate the steering knuckle and the strut.

Remove these three 13 millimeter bolts and the one here. You pull the strut down, pull the top out, and just got to make sure, the stuff tries to get caught on it, the stabilizer and the wires sometimes get caught. Okay, that is how you remove a front strut. Here, on the left side is the new strut from 1A Auto. You can see the one from 1A Auto is all the same, the spring is already part of it so you don't have to worry about compressing a spring. The new strut just goes right in.

The old strut is actually in fine shape on this car so I am going to reinstall that. Just want to show you that the new strut from 1A Auto is going to bolt right in so we'll get back to putting the existing strut back in here.

Okay, so here is how to install a front strut if you were going to use the one you already have, or if you were installing a new replacement strut like the one we just showed you. You want the flat part of this plate towards the outside of the car, and now you'll see all these brackets towards the inside of the car, feed it down into the wiring a little bit. Get it up and in. Move this stuff out a little bit. Feed it in front of the axle. You should have it there. You get one there, hold a bit. Get the free bolt started. Torque these to 35 foot pounds each.

Now you want to pull these, your brake line and your ABS sensor wire. You push your suspension down and pull your strut and go over. It's in. Make sure your bracket is going down into the slot, in the steering knuckle here. Push it then, and just again make sure that it gets lined up with that slot. As long as you have that bracket lined up into the slot, in the steering knuckle, then start jacking it up and then it goes together. Put the rest in, this bolt in, and once that bolt goes through, you're all set. Now, here I'm going to put the knot on the other side of that and that bolt you want to tighten up to a hundred foot pounds of torque.

We want the tension back off, make sure you get this on the backside of the truck. Put your sway bar link back in, put this clip back on. Be careful of your fingers. You slide this down over, and now my backside, this little tab goes right through the hole in this clip in the strut, and holds everything together, and then the bolt, they're bolted together.

We'll fast forward through tightening that up. There's no specific torque. Just make that bolt tight. Here, we use a little tapping of the hammer. It doesn't usually take much to get that stabilizer link through the strut. Put the bolt on, and then use your 18 millimeter wrench and possibly your 10 millimeter and get that link nice and tight again, no specific torque specification. Just get it good and tight.

You just have to take off a little bit with the impact line. With the tire around, you want to tighten up the wall knots anywhere from 75 to 100 pounds, and use the star pattern, so one, two, cross, cross, cross, and you are done. That is how to change to front struts on 1996-2007 Ford Taurus or Mercury Sable models.

Thanks for watching! Please feel free to call us toll free 888-844-3393 with any questions or to order any of the parts shown in this video, or you can order your 1996-2005 Mercury Sable front strut and spring online."

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