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Old 22 Mar 2013, 06:39 pm
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Default Replacing front suspension please help

My fiance 2003 touring PT has 140,000kms on it and is clunky as ever just replaced front hubs an bearing 2 weeks ago as they where shot and it wore the passenger tire out.

I am going to do rear shocks,front shocks an struts,both lower control arms bushing an ball joints included,
outer tie rode ends, did rack an pin last summer had new inner ties on it.

I have a 2005 AWD 300 and the sway bar links on my car look nothng like what I am find for her pt cruiser I want to change the sway bar links on her car as well but not sure what I need to buy for her car how many do I need and do these even need to be replaced? do they need to be pressed on ?any other parts I am forgetting?

any info would be greatly appreciate so I can order everything at same time from Rock
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Old 22 Mar 2013, 10:06 pm
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Default Re: Replacing front suspension please help

Easyest way

Buy 2 Gabriel ready mount front strut/shock towers , 6 bolts each side.
that takes care of the shocks and struts on the front.

Control arms i would buy with MOOG bushings, the OEMs wear out quick. They are a bit tricky but they are not too bad to do, about an hour per side if your handy. buy them with the ball joints/bushings already on or youll have to have them pressed.

The sway bar links you only need 2. They are screwed on with a 10mm bolt. So no pressing there.

Remember to replace the sway bar bushing itself when you do the links.

Rear struts are like $27 a pop and the springs are like $50 each.

They are seperate from eachother so you cant just pull one assembly.

Best way to do the rear springs is place the rear of the car on jackstands, then place 2 jacks under the rear axle to support it, rip off the struts, then slowly jack down the rear axle carefully to gain easy access to the springs for removal.

Then replace the springs, jack the axle back up and replace the struts :-)

Pick up a $20 haynes manual and it will have all the instructions for everything :-D

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Old 22 Mar 2013, 11:25 pm
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Default Re: Replacing front suspension please help

Do the rear springs need to be replaced?
What do the links an bushing look like that I need to change an how many in total do I need ?
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