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The suspension on Ford Contours (all years) is what is called a "strut" suspension, on both the front and rear, and DOES NOT USE LEAF SPRINGS! Instead, the shock absorber is built into a "strut" that is the main vertical suspension component, and has a coil spring around it. If someone has told you your Contour has a "bent leaf spring", they do not know what they are talking about, or they are trying to scam you! Take your car to a qualified (and hopefully honest!) shop to get it checked out.
It is important that you make sure the compressor is disconnected and that there is no power going to the suspension control module. (This is something that the mechanic who did the spring conversion for you should have done but CHECK FOR YOURSELF.)
Once you have made sure that the compressor is disconnected and the leveling system computer has been disabled, SIMPLY REMOVE THE LIGHT BULB.
the main tools your going to need are ball joint splitter, spring compressor to compress the suspensions spring without compressing this you would do injury to anyone around you if you undone the cap holding the spring on the shock absorber as its under loads of tension so you need to compress the spring enough so it loose and moves around on the shock then you can undo the big center nut holding the cap on top of the spring, you will also need a socket set and spanners, its not a big job and quite easy to do but without ball joint splitter and spring compressor its just not possible to do.
well first you will need all the tools to make it a safe process.
decent jack and axle stands
long leverage bar 5ft
first loosen you wheel bolts
jack up the car and secure it safely on axle stands
then remove the anti roll bar bush. (two 8mm bolts on the wishbone)
then loosen off and remove the clamp onto the mcferson strut. (on the back of the wheel hub its the single bolt which clamps onto the upright of the suspension unit)
you might haave to wedge a chisle into the clamp to open it up to release the mcferson strut.
you might have to release the steering balljoint but i cant remember if its on the suspention leg or on the wheel hub.
then you put the big pry bar under the wishbone and perhasps a mate to push that down to get the clamp off the bottom of the suspention arm.
finally remove the 3 bolts which are under the hood of the bonnet and the hole suspension unit will drop onto the floor.
after that you have to compress the springs, undo the top bolt and dissemble it, making sure you put it all in order as you take it apart.
the strut/spring is one assembly that comes out as one unit. The 1989 XJ6s'(USA) had self leveling hydraulic suspension. Is your new strut correct or has your car been retrofitted to conventional shocks?
I have a renault 19 with the same problem on the passenger side front. It is a straight forward job, you will need two jacks, preferably trolley jacks. It would be alot easier (and cheaper) to completely replace the suspension strut itself rather than squeezing a new spring in. Jack up the car then jack the suspension to a point it will hold suspension in place whilst you undo the bolts etc. Once bolts are undone, SLOWLY release the jack on the actual suspension strut and remove the strut. To replace the strut, put new strut in place jack it up into place carefully so you get it to stay in place. Do up all your bolts, Slowly release jack on suspension strut, then release the other jack holding up the car. I would do this with my car, but i cant be bothered as it has numerous other problems and im scrapping it.
I had a very similar problem, ended up removing the rear suspension rubber air springs , covering them with soapy water and then partly inflating them with a DIY compressor, was easy to see rubber air springs had started to perrish and leak in the 1/2 way down. I was convinced it was not the air springs as often the car would not sag for a day or two.- fitted new air springs ( agents only,as far as i know ) and X5 is 100% Towed a heavy trailer last weekend and perfect. ( i fitted them myself jack the car up and should take you about 3 hours.) good luck