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Changing rear o/s shock absorber on 1998 ford escort

It has just failed MOT due to it leaking fluid

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    How did you solve your problem? I have trouble finding the bolt & nut to fasen the shock. Did you find the same problem?



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  1. Remove front shock absorber-to-upper shock bracket nut and bolt.
  1. Disconnect the lower end of the front shock absorber bolt and nut from the U-bolt plate.
  1. Compress the front shock absorber and remove.
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