Ford Escort Shocks and Struts

The suspension of the Ford Escort allows the driver to have ease of handling and allows passengers to have a smoother ride by supporting the wheels. Ford Escort shocks and struts are particularly helpful in keeping the car in control on a bumpy road by limiting the movement of the vehicle while keeping the tires in contact with the road. In order to keep the parts in excellent operating condition, it is important to follow the maintenance schedule provided by the manufacturer.

What signs indicate a problem with the shocks and struts?

The shock absorbers and struts for the Ford Escort are part of the vehicles suspension system. They require regular service to keep them in good working order. Service on the suspension, including the shocks and struts, may be necessary in the event that the following symptoms are observed:

  • The vehicle is pulling to one side. This is the most common symptom of problems with a suspension system and could be a sign of a broken spring that you need to replace.
  • You feel every bump in the road. This could mean the shocks or struts are worn or that the spring is worn out completely.
  • The vehicle sits lower on one of the corners than the others. This may mean that the spring or shock for one wheel is broken.
  • The vehicle has control issues like leaning forward when the brakes are applied, leaning to one side or the other when turning a corner, or leaning back when you accelerate.
How do you install a new shocks or struts?

Determine if your car suspension is equipped with shocks or struts. In order to do this, remove a wheel from one front wheel and one rear wheel. Purchase the needed parts to replace the old shocks or struts. Park the car on a flat, open area, and then the following general steps can be used when installing shocks or struts on the Ford Escort:

  1. Use a hand or hydraulic jack to lift the wheel clear off the ground. Remove the tire.
  2. Find the bolts that attach the shocks and remove them. It may be necessary to use rust remover to make them easier to remove.
  3. Pull the old shocks clear of the vehicle.
  4. Install the new shocks, starting at the top.
  5. Tighten all of the fasteners when the shocks are in place.
  6. Remount the tire, lower the vehicle, and store the jack.