The Ford Mondeo, sold in the United States as a Ford Contour and Mercury Mystique, needs a front stabiliser bar to stabilise the front end during manoeuvres and acceleration. The purpose of the bar is to minimise body roll and help maintain alignment between the chassis and suspension. Two U-brackets hold the stabiliser bar to the Mondeo's cross member. Stabiliser bar bushings insulate the bar from the brackets, to prevent damage and provide a bit more flexibility for the bar itself. Once the stabiliser bushings begin to break down, you'll need to replace them to prevent damage to the bar or brackets.
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Things you need
- 2 Wheel chocks
- Floor jack
- 2 Jack stands
- Socket set
Brace the Mondeo's right-rear wheel with two wheel chocks, one at the front and one at the back. Lift the Mondeo's front end with the floor jack. Place a jack stand under each side of the front frame and lower the Mondeo onto the stands with the floor jack.
Climb under the front end with the socket set and replacement bushings. The stabiliser bar runs from side to side under the front cross member, just to the rear of the front bumper.
Unbolt the left stabiliser U-bracket with the socket set. Remove the old bushing and slide the new one into place by hand.
Repeat Step 3 on the right side to replace the right stabiliser bar bushing.
Lift the Mondeo off the jack stands with the floor jack. Remove the jack stands by hand. Lower the Mondeo to the ground, remove the floor jack and then remove the wheel chocks by hand.
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