Re: Broken Rear Coil Springs on 97 Escort
I have done that job before. Broken springs are common on Escort.
You can access the upper mounts from in the trunk or hatch when you remove the panels. The lower part is pretty much self-explantory when you get the wheels off.
After removing the strut/spring assy, you can change the springs and I suggest upper mounts also. You do not need a spring compressor, just a strong buddy to force down while you remove the nut and assemble it.
You can also purchase complete units that include strut and all. Makes the job even easier and it's probably due for struts anyway.