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How to change front shocks
The old style shock is not hard to change. Its when you have struts that extra tools are needed.
There is a nut or two on the top of each shock stem. The second nut is often used as a locking device to keep the primary nut from backing off. Many do not use a second nut, but use a washer or lock washer to keep the primary tight.
The bottom fixtures usually have a pair of bolts holding the shock mounting plate to the "A" frame of the suspension.
Some Mechanics keep the weight of the vehicle on the "A" frame when changing the shocks to increase the clearance provided between the ground and the van(floor jack). A van on the hoist has exceptional clearance and it does not matter if the suspension hangs down, you still can fit the shock into its position.
Most nuts and bolts on the front are 9/16th or smaller. The rear shocks use larger bolts.
I would jack the vehicle and spray the backside of the lower bolts with WD-40 or similar a day before attempting to remove the bolts. Broken bolts are a pain, this one procedure could make removal easier. The bolts can easily break from rust.
There are sometimes Sales at Sears or Goodyear or Midas with free Installation. Shops use to charge $5-$10 each to install shocks.
on Jun 11, 2013
Plugs not getting fire
Have you checked the plugs for fouling and gap width. May have to replace all plugs. Find a loca guy to help you do a tune-up on the cheap. '85 Ford should be an easy task.
on Jul 07, 2012
Where is the fuel filter located on 1985 econoline
In all the gasoline engines that came in the E-350 for that year the fuel filter is located in the engine compartment and you will need to remove the cover to get to it. Look to the rear of the alternator and it should be right there in the fuel line. I hope this helps and good luck
on Oct 07, 2011
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