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Old 08-30-2011, 08:23   #1 (permalink)
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Replace Rear Coil Spring Bushings

I have a 1999 Mustang V6 that has a terrible squeaking noise when you go over any bump or push down on the rear. The Ford people diagnosed it as bad rear coil spring bushings. From their diagram these are round disks go on top and bottom of the coil springs. They stated the parts are only about $ 40 but the labor is 2.5 hours and they must remove several rear suspension parts to R&R the bushings. Is it possible the spring could be compressed enough to remove the old bushings and install new ones as the rear shocks do NOT go through the spring. Thanks for any help or advice you can provide!
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Re: Replace Rear Coil Spring Bushings

You could use a "Coil Compression Tool" you can rent these from AutoZone, or Advance Auto.
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Re: Replace Rear Coil Spring Bushings

Thanks - I though of that but am wondering if the coil compressor will compress the coil enough to be able to remove the bushings at the top and bottom and then install the new ones. The diagram I got from ford looks like the bushing are not attached to anything, they fit between the coil and the upper and lower coil supports. Thanks
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Re: Replace Rear Coil Spring Bushings

Not on that car , but on others I've had some success by spraying the spring seats with a liquid grease ( after compressing spring to get right at seat). Might be worth a try with the spring compressors to replace bushings , sounds feasible though you would have thought the Ford people would have tried it before now ? Maybe they have but charge you the 2.5 hrs labour still to do the job !!
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Re: Replace Rear Coil Spring Bushings

This "might" work not 100% sure.

With a floor jack, raise one side of the rear end (with jack under rear end), compress the spring, unhook the shock at the differential or remove completely, lower car and jack it up at the body with tire on or jack stand under differential. This will allow for extra clearance. Be sure to watch for binding at the sway bar links, parking brake cable and anti-brake wiring. Also, watch out how high you jack it up with the shock removed as the shock also acts as a stopping point when the car is raised.

One last thing, BE CAREFUL working with a compressed spring.
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