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hasperdeWed Mar-05-08 11:11 AM
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"So I tried to replace the rear shocks on my 98 crown vic"


          

And OH MY GOD! What a pain... I don't think you can get them off without cutting the top portion of the shock off to release it from the frame! In the Mark it is nice and easy but not on the Vicky... I literally had to give up since I don't have a saw to cut the damn bolt off.


Then I found this informative write up.

*At the factory, the rear shock absorbers on 1979-2002 crown vics are installed prior to placing the body on the frame.

*Some people have reported success jacking the vehicle's body off the frame in the rear a couple inches for shock absorber replacement. This solution may create other problems such as broken body mount bolts, broken body mount brackets, bent body panels and damaged wiring harnesses though

http://www.p71interceptor.com/suspension/shocks/rear/

sigh... there is no way I am going to waste any more time on this... anyone know how many hours the book calls for this repair?

  

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Viol8orMon Aug-07-06 01:01 AM
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Mon Aug-07-06 01:07 AM by Viol8or

          



I changed out my mother-in-law's rear shocks on a 95 Crown Vic a couple of weeks ago. You need to use the right tool to grip the top nut, while you're turning the shock body with a strap wrench or vice-grips. A neighbor put together an open-end wrench which fit those nuts, then pressed the closed-end into a tight fitting socket, then put the socket on a 10" extension. You then can reach the nuts going thru the wheel well, since the tool is 16" long. The space is small but it's there.

Once you've got that tool together, the job takes around 2 hours using jackstands. You need to use the same tool to tighten the top nut on installation. Try crownvic.net for technical tips.

  

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hasperdeMon Aug-07-06 01:07 AM
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Yea I could reach the shock from the bottom and from the wheel-well. Either way I am always working alone on the cars, so I need a second pair of hands that I don't have.

Thanks for the input but I still think I am going to pay someone to do it... since it shouldn't be too bad.

  

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IMO, if you go to a shop, they'll just use a torch a cut the top nut off. It shouldn't take them too long. I'd think a change between 1 to 2 hours is probably in the ball park.

Good luck.

  

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hasperdeMon Aug-07-06 01:57 AM
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Thanks for the headsup... This is the first "maintenance" item on the Crown Vic that was not well thought out. The Oil filter is really easy to change, so is the air filter, fuel filter took me 5 min. The rear brakes also take only 10 min to change, but the damn shocks are horrible.

  

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BlackIceLSCMon Aug-07-06 10:15 AM
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http://www.crownvic.net/liquid/bils.html

followed by

http://www.shizzot.com/suspension.htm


the second link shows a few images of what was used to remove them. If any mechanic who has ever done this job before(I am sure most general repair facilities has), they will either already have what they need, or they'll make the tools.





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hasperdeMon Aug-07-06 11:26 AM
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Hehe, thanks for that link Craig.



all I need is that wrench lol.

I am going to call around and ask for pricing today, if they want over $100 to swap em I will have to wrestle it myself.

  

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