How to replace shock absorbers: Ford Fiesta

Follow these steps to replace your front shocks on a Ford Fiesta or Mazda II. Steps may vary depending on the year of the model and the car design.

Getting Started

Before you get started, make sure you safely raise the vehicle using a jack lift and have the following tools at your disposal:

  • KYB Front Shock Absorber for Fiat 500 – R&L: Excel-G, Twin Tube (Part No. 333383)
  • Torquing tools:
    • Socket wrench: 10, 13, 15, 18 mm
    • Spanner: 10, 13, 15 mm
    • Screwdrivers: 5, 6, 18, 19 mm
  • Ball joint puller
  • Penetrating oil
  • Coil spring compressor
  • Transmission jack lift

How to replace front shocks

  1. Unscrew the nut and remove the stabiliser link from the suspension strut using a 5 mm screwdriver and 15 mm ring spanner.
  2. Remove the retainer clip and the brake hose out of the bracket on the shock strut.
  3. Unscrew the end fastening nut to the steering knuckle using 5 mm screwdriver and 15 mm ring spanner.
  4. Disconnect the tie rod end from the steering knuckle.
  5. Use a ball joint puller to take the tie rod end out.
  6. Unscrew the nut and remove the shock absorber lower mounting bolt.
  7. Unscrew the top fastening of the shock strut using a 13 mm ring spanner.
  8. Remove the shock absorber along with the top strut mount.
  9. Compress the coil spring.
  10. Unscrew the top fastening of the shock strut using 6 mm and 18 mm screwdriver.
  11. Align new shock absorber with spring and place it in the spring compressor.
  12. Install the spring on the new shock absorber.
  13. Install and tighten the top shock absorber fastening using an 18 mm and 6 mm (4.8 daN.m) screwdriver
  14. Place the shock absorber in the wheel arch and fasten it.
  15. Screw the top fastening of the shock strut mount.
  16. Spray shock absorber installation nuts in the wheel arch with penetrating oil.
  17. Tighten the shock absorber strut to the steering knuckle using a 15 mm ring spanner (9 daN.m) and a 5 mm screwdriver (4.8 daN.m)
  18. Apply WD-40 or equivalent penetrating oil spray and fasten the brake hose on the strut. Use a hammer to secure the brake hose.
  19. Re-fit the wheel.
  20. Tighten the top fastening of the shock strut mount using a 13 mm ring spanner (3 daN.m).

How to change front shocks in a Ford Fiesta IV

  1. Spray nut with penetrating oil and disconnect shock absorber wiring and brake piping using a 10 mm ring spanner.
  2. Unscrew relevant nuts and screws with a 15 mm spanner and 5 mm screwdriver to detach the stabiliser link.
  3. Unscrew the end fastening nut using 18 mm and 15 mm wrench.
  4. Loosen the top fastening of the shock strut using a 10 mm ring spanner.
  5. Detach the absorber and coil spring from the wheel arch.
  6. Compress the coil spring.
  7. Install the new shock absorber on the spring.
  8. Install and tighten the top shock absorber fastening using 6 mm and 19 mm screwdrivers (4.8 daN.m)
  9. Release the coil spring.
  10. Make sure the shock absorber and the coil spring are correctly aligned.
  11. Place the shock absorber in the wheel arch.
  12. Screw the top fastening of the shock strut mount.
  13. Attach the shock absorber strut to the steering knuckle.
  14. Fasten the brake hose on the strut using 15 mm and 18 mm wrench (8.2 daN.m).
  15. Re-fit wiring and brake piping using 10 mm ring spanner.
  16. Secure stabiliser link using a 5 mm screwdriver and 15 mm wrench (4.8 daN.m).
  17. Tighten the top fastening of the shock strut mount using a 13 mm wrench (3 daN.m) and 10 mm wrench (1.5 daN.m).

Choose quality components in your car

Excel-G shock absorbers from KYB are used by vehicle manufacturers and aftermarket repair shops across the world. The shock absorbers and struts are designed for maximum handling and comfort. Our patented valving and the use of pressurised nitrogen gas in the Excel-G range significantly reduces the aeration and foaming that typically occurs in other shock absorbers. That means greater performance over a greater shock life.

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