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1996 Ford Contour 2.5l V6 how to insert front strut into knuckle

1996 Ford Contour 2.5l V6. I replaced broken front spring. How do you get the bottom of the strut/coil spring assembly back into the knuckle? Both my shop manuals say the following:

''Position the strut/coil spring assembly into the strut tower and fit the lower portion of the strut into the steering knuckle.''

The problem is, with the strut inserted into the tower and loosely bolted in, the knuckle and lower A-arm won't go down far enough by several inches to allow me to insert the bottom of the shock into the knuckle.

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  • pyronut Sep 09, 2009

    Thanks for trying to help.

    No, the stabilizer bar is 10" rear of the center of A-arm, and the link has been disconnected. I already tried prying A-arm down with a 24" crescent wrench, it hits a stop on the cradle and won't go down any further. At that point, the knuckle is still about 2" too high up to allow the bottom of the shock to be inserted. Short of enlisting Superman, the only other solution would seem to be to somehow jack up on the strut, but that seems risky from safety standpoint, and would require two opposing jacks. I already tried one jack, and it slipped and spun the strut around.

  • Mike Butler
    Mike Butler May 11, 2010

    Is there a stabilizer bar under A arm?

  • Anonymous Apr 01, 2014

    strut assemble diagram

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Either put a jack under the strut (if you can do so safely and raise the strut or use a good pry bar to pull down on the A arm. make 100% sure the car is well supported with jack stands etc.

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Use a pry bar of some type or a pipe to pry the control arm/knuckle assemply down untill you can line them up and get the bolt in.

Make sure you jack stands are poistioned away from any of the moving suspension parts, so they will not impair you moving it down.

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  1. ani_caut.gif CAUTION: To avoid damage to the 6mm drive hole in the front stabilizer bar link ball stud, do not use an Allen wrench to break loose or tighten to final torque the front stabilizer bar link-to-front shock absorber nut.
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