How to Install Shocks on a Ford Focusby Russell Wood
When the Ford Focus was introduced in 2000, one of its defining features was the European design, which included the rear suspension. Although lots of vehicles use a rear spring and separate shock combination, the Focus used it with an independent rear suspension, improving handling and ride along the way. If the shocks in the back of the Focus wear out, the rear of the car will start to float over bumps and the ride quality will suffer.
Lift up the Focus, using the jack, and place it on jack stands. Make sure the vehicle is secure before you crawl underneath it. Remove the tires using the tire iron, and place them to the side.
Place the jack underneath the rear suspension on the side on which you want to replace the shock. Lift the jack until it contacts the lower control arm, but don't allow it to lift the Focus.
Unbolt the top of the shock from the suspension, using a 3/8-inch ratchet and socket, although you may find it's easier to use an open-end wrench. Unbolt the bottom of the shock from the lower control arm, using a 3/8-inch ratchet and socket, then pull the shock off the suspension.
Place the replacement shock onto the suspension in the same manner as the stock shock, then bolt it in place using the 3/8-inch ratchet and socket and an open-end wrench.
Reinstall the tires, using the tire iron. Then raise the Focus off the jack stands, using the jack, and place the vehicle back on the ground.
Things You'll Need
- Jack stands
- Tire iron
- 3/8-inch ratchet and socket
- Open-end wrench set
- Replacement shock
Russell Wood is a writer and photographer who attended Arizona State University. He has been building custom cars and trucks since 1994, including several cover vehicles. In 2000 Wood started a career as a writer, and since then he has dedicated his business to writing and photographing cars and trucks, as well as helping people learn more about how vehicles work.