How to Replace Rear Shocks on a 2003 Ford Focus

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How to Replace Rear Shocks on a 2003 Ford Focus
Raise the rear end of the Ford Focus to gain access to the rear shocks. (VOUTURE COUPE (allemand) image by Marie-Thérèse GUIHAL from

An official rally car of the World Rally Championship, the Ford Focus is recognised for its great handling and sharp steering. The 2003 Ford Focus is designed as a hatchback, sedan and wagon and is equipped with ABS brakes and traction control. In order to maintain its handling and performance, the rear shocks must be replaced on the Focus once they begin to wear out. The rear shocks can also be replaced with aftermarket ones in order to further increase the handling and performance of the Focus.

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  • Allen key

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  1. 1

    Park the Focus on level ground.

  2. 2

    Open the rear boot and pry off the luggage compartment interior trim panel, exposing the shock absorbers.

  3. 3

    Remove each nut located above both shock absorbers, using an Allen key.

  4. 4

    Raise the rear end of the Focus using a jack and axle stands.

  5. 5

    Remove the nut located at the bottom of both shock absorbers, using an Allen key, in order to remove the rear shocks.

  6. 6

    Place the new rear shocks on the Focus and re-screw the nuts at the bottom of the shock absorbers, loosely.

  7. 7

    Repeat all of the steps in reverse to reassemble all the components that were removed, and tighten the bottom nuts on the Focus.

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