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Ford Fusion: Rear End Sheet Metal Repairs / Rear Suspension Bracket Reinforcement. Removal and Installation

Ford Fusion 2013–2020 Service Manual / Body and Paint / Body and Paint / Rear End Sheet Metal Repairs / Rear Suspension Bracket Reinforcement. Removal and Installation

Special Tool(s) / General Equipment

8 mm Drill Bit
MIG/MAG Welding Equipment
Spot Weld Drill Bit
Locking Pliers

Removal

NOTICE: Battery electric vehicle (BEV), hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) contain a high-voltage battery. Before cutting or welding near the high-voltage battery it must be removed to avoid damage.

NOTE: Left hand (LH) side shown, right hand (RH) side similar.

NOTE: Factory welds may be substituted with resistance or metal inert gas (MIG) plug welds. Resistance welds may not be placed directly over original location. They must be placed adjacent to original location and match factory welds in quantity. Metal inert gas (MIG) plug welds must equal factory welds in both location and quantity.

NOTE: Adequately protect all adjacent areas against cutting, grinding and welding procedures.

  1. Remove the lower suspension arm and spring.
    Refer to: Lower Arm (204-02) .
    Refer to: Spring (204-02 Rear Suspension, Removal and Installation).
  1. Remove the spring seat.
  1. Remove the welds and bracket.
    Use the General Equipment: Spot Weld Drill Bit
Ford Fusion. Rear Suspension Bracket Reinforcement. Removal and Installation

Installation

NOTICE: Battery electric vehicle (BEV), hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) contain a high-voltage battery. Before cutting or welding near the high-voltage battery it must be removed to avoid damage.

NOTICE: The high-voltage battery in a battery electric vehicle (BEV), hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) or plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) can be affected and damaged by excessively high temperatures. The temperature in some body shop paint booths can exceed 60° C (140° F). Therefore, during refinishing operations, the paint booth temperature must set at or below 60° C (140° F) with a bake time of 45 minutes or less. Temperatures in excess of 60° C (140° F) or bake durations longer than 45 minutes will require the high-voltage battery be removed from the vehicle prior to placing in the paint booth.

NOTICE: If refinishing cure temperatures exceed 60° C (140° F), the charge port light ring on plug-in vehicles must be removed.

NOTE: Left hand (LH) side shown, right hand (RH) side similar.

NOTE: Factory welds may be substituted with resistance or metal inert gas (MIG) plug welds. Resistance welds may not be placed directly over original location. They must be placed adjacent to original location and match factory welds in quantity. Metal inert gas (MIG) plug welds must equal factory welds in both location and quantity.

NOTE: Adequately protect all adjacent areas against cutting, grinding and welding procedures.

  1. Drill plug weld holes in the replacement bracket.
    Use the General Equipment: 8 mm Drill Bit
Ford Fusion. Rear Suspension Bracket Reinforcement. Removal and Installation
  1. Install, properly position, clamp and weld the replacement bracket.
    Use the General Equipment: Locking Pliers
    Use the General Equipment: MIG/MAG Welding Equipment
Ford Fusion. Rear Suspension Bracket Reinforcement. Removal and Installation
  1. Refinish the entire repair using a Ford approved paint system.
  1. Restore corrosion protection.
    Refer to: Corrosion Prevention (501-25 Body Repairs - General Information, General Procedures).
  1. Install the rear spring seat.
  1. Install the lower suspension arm and spring.
    Refer to: Lower Arm (204-02) .
    Refer to: Spring (204-02 Rear Suspension, Removal and Installation).

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