Reattaching rear trailing arm

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CapnTrex
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Reattaching rear trailing arm

Post by CapnTrex » Fri Aug 11, 2017 12:50 pm

Hello,

I've changed the rear coil and strut on the passenger side of my T-Rex, and I'm reassembling it. I can't get the trailing arm/side-arm to line up and reattach to the wheel knuckle. Any ideas?


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Re: Reattaching rear trailing arm

Post by airlinepilot » Tue Aug 15, 2017 7:00 pm

In order to re-attach the trailing arm rear bolt to the wheel knuckle, you need a cargo strap with a ratchet. This strap is the same kind you will use to secure cargo on a trailer. It is the only way i found to perform this task.

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Re: Reattaching rear trailing arm

Post by Splicer » Fri Aug 18, 2017 4:32 pm

airlinepilot wrote:
Tue Aug 15, 2017 7:00 pm
In order to re-attach the trailing arm rear bolt to the wheel knuckle, you need a cargo strap with a ratchet. This strap is the same kind you will use to secure cargo on a trailer. It is the only way i found to perform this task.
Agreed. Did the same on my '07 Freestyle. Went to Wal-mart and bought a ratchet strap...It is the only way I could figure out how to get the damm thing back together.
2007 Freestyle Limited FWD 296,000+ miles 8)
2004 Escape XLT FWD 241,000+ :)
2006 Escape Hybrid AWD 121,000+ :mrgreen:

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Re: Reattaching rear trailing arm

Post by JCuervo » Wed May 23, 2018 9:19 am

Thank you! Potential problem solved already. Did you strap the knuckle and pull towards center...? Is this why it’s called (auto zone) an adjustable trailing arm? Where/how is this marked and used for alignment ?
I will be tackling the LH Trailing arm of an 05 AWD Freestyle. Heard snap after an expansion joint on our freeway. Inspected and the metal snapped right after where bolt secured to knuckle. The bolt is still in, but trailing arm moved freely (as does my WHEEL !!)

Guidance on bolt sizes? Should I replace or re-use...? Other Tips?
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Re: Reattaching rear trailing arm

Post by JCuervo » Thu Jun 14, 2018 8:38 pm

airlinepilot wrote:
Tue Aug 15, 2017 7:00 pm
In order to re-attach the trailing arm rear bolt to the wheel knuckle, you need a cargo strap with a ratchet. This strap is the same kind you will use to secure cargo on a trailer. It is the only way i found to perform this task.
How did you actually do that ...?
This what I have going...
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