I have a 1993 Ford Escort Wagon and the back end bounces real bad over speed bumps and small dips in the road. What I don't know is if it uses shocks or struts in the back since it is an Independent Rear suspension so that I can replace these to reduce the bounce. I don't have an owners manual and can't find my Haynes repair manual at this time. Also is it easy to replace the struts or shocks myself or would it be better to take it and have it done at a place that replaces shocks and struts?Does a 1993 Ford Escort use Shocks or Struts on the rear suspension?
Rear Shock/Strut Assembly 鈥?Mounting Points
Raise the vehicle.
Remove the rear wheel.
Remove the clip securing the flexible brake hose to the rear shock/strut assembly.
Remove the nuts and bolts securing the rear shock/strut assembly to the rear wheel spindle assembly.
On hatchback and wagon models, remove the quarter lower trim panel. Refer to Section 01-05.
Remove the two mounting block nuts.
Remove the rear shock/strut assembly from the vehicle.
Position the rear shock/strut assembly into the vehicle wheel housing.
Install the mounting block nuts. Tighten the mounting block nuts to 29-40 Nm (22-27 lb-ft).
On hatchback and wagon models, install the quarter lower trim panel. Refer to Section 01-05.
Install the nuts and bolts securing the rear shock/strut assembly to the rear spindle assembly.
Tighten the lower rear shock/strut nuts to 93-127 Nm (69-93 lb-ft).
Install the clip securing the flexible brake hose to the rear shock/strut assembly.
NOTE: After servicing the rear suspension, it is recommended that the rear alignment settings be verified. Refer to Section 04-00.
Install the rear wheel. Tighten the lug nuts to 88-118 Nm (65-87 lb-ft).
Lower the vehicle.
You can do the removal by yourself if you like but you will need a shock compressor tool.Does a 1993 Ford Escort use Shocks or Struts on the rear suspension?
It uses struts. I'm not sure about the wagons, but if it's like every other type of 1991-1996 Escorts, the rear spring break (stupid plastic sleeve on the spring retains water and promotes rust). So just go ahead and do it the easy way and replace it with a quick strut. Doing it that way is very easy, Just get a spring compressor and breaker bar (Harbor Freight ones are fine).