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2002-05 Ford Explorer Mercury Mountaineer Rear Strut & Spring Assembly Monroe Econo-Matic 181322

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In the past, replacing struts required specialized tools to compress, remove and transfer the old spring and mount.  Pre-assembled with all new parts, our complete strut and spring assemblies make this job much quicker and easier for the do-it-yourself mechanic.

Each complete strut & spring assembly contains:

  • Upper Strut Mount
  • Strut Bearing
  • Coil Spring
  • Boot & Bumper Kit
  • Gas-charged Strut 

Why Buy Econo-Matic Strut Assemblies?

Econo-Matic strut assemblies are an economical and easy-to-install alternative. Some of its benefits include:

 

  • Quicker installation time
  • Pre-assembled and no compression tool required
    • Includes new mount, bearing, coil spring, isolators, boot, and strut
  • Nitrogen gas charged

 

Item Condition: New

2 Year Warranty

This item is backed by our 2-year warranty. In the event this item should fail during intended use, we will replace the part free of charge.

  1. step : Removing the Wheel (0:40)
    • 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. step : Disconnecting the Strut (1:06)
    • Apply rust penetrant to the strut mount nuts
    • Pry out the inner fender clips with a flat blade screwdriver
    • Pull off the inner fender
    • Remove the three 13mm nuts from the strut mount
    • Remove the 21mm bolt from the bottom of the strut
  3. step : Removing the Sway Bar Link (3:35)
    • Apply rust penetrant to the sway bar link
    • Turn the sway bar link with a 16mm socket and ratchet
    • Remove the 15mm nut from the top of the sway bar link
    • Hold the sway bar link sleeve with vise grip pliers
    • Loosen the sway bar link from the bottom with a 16mm socket and ratchet
    • Push out the sway bar link with a hammer and punch
  4. step : Removing the Strut (5:29)
    • Apply rust penetrant to the lower strut nut
    • Hold the strut bolt with an 18mm wrench
    • Remove the 21mm nut from the wheel knuckle
    • Loosen the two 21mm nuts that hold the control arm to the frame
    • Lift the wheel knuckle up
    • Pull the strut down and out
  5. step : Installing the Strut (6:41)
    • Lift the strut into place
    • Start the three 13mm nuts onto the strut mount
    • Turn the bottom of the strut to line up the bolt hole with the control arm
    • Push the 21mm bolt into the bottom of the strut
    • Push the 18mm bolt into the wheel knuckle
    • Fasten the nut onto the strut bolt
    • Tighten the strut bolt and nut
    • Fasten the nut onto the wheel knuckle bolt
    • Tighten the wheel knuckle bolt and nut
    • Tighten the three 13mm nuts on the strut mount to 20-25 foot-pounds of torque
  6. step : Installing the Sway Bar Link (8:44)
    • Put a washer on the sway bar link
    • Put a bushing on the sway bar link
    • Slide the sway bar link through the control arm
    • Put a bushing on the sway bar link
    • Put a washer on the sway bar link
    • Put the sleeve onto the sway bar link
    • Put a washer on the sway bar link
    • Put a bushing on the sway bar link
    • Slide the sway bar link through the sway bar
    • Put a bushing on the sway bar link
    • Put a washer on the sway bar link
    • Fasten the 15mm nut onto the sway bar link
  7. step : Tightening the Suspension Parts (9:30)
    • Support the suspension at ride height with a jack
    • Tighten the sway bar link nut to compress the bushings
    • Tighten the two bolts that hold the control arm to the frame to 110 foot-pounds
    • Tighten the wheel knuckle bolt to 110 foot-pounds
    • Put the inner fender into place
    • Push the plastic clips into the inner fender
  8. step : Reattaching the Wheel (10:39)
    • 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

Tools needed for replacement:

    General Tools

  • Floor Jack
  • Jack Stands

  • Materials, Fluids, and Supplies

  • Rust Penetrant

  • Pliers, Cutters & misc Wrenches

  • Vise Grip Pliers
  • Wire Cutters

  • Ratchets & Related

  • A Piece of Pipe (for leverage)
  • Ratchet
  • Torque Wrench

  • Screwdrivers & Related

  • Flat Blade Screwdriver
  • Pry Bar

  • Sockets - Metric

  • 13mm Socket
  • 15mm Socket
  • 16mm Socket
  • 21mm Socket

  • Wrenches - Metric

  • 16mm Wrench
  • 18mm Wrench

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Fits the following Makes:

Year Make Model Description
2002-2005Ford Explorer Ford Explorer Rear Strut & Spring Assembly
2002-2005Mercury Mountaineer Mercury Mountaineer Rear Strut & Spring Assembly

Part Interchange

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DIY Solutions SHO04013

This item may be interchangeable with parts from other brands with the above part numbers. This information is provided only for reference and does not guarantee that the item you are purchasing is identical to parts with part numbers from the brands listed above. To confirm that this item fits your vehicle, use the above "Check Vehicle Fit" option.

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