'88 LX axle replacement | Ford Escort Owners Association (FEOA)
  1. Wash your hands and do not touch your face, keep it safe and clean. Long live Feoa!

'88 LX axle replacement

Discussion in 'Drivetrains' started by xCroix, Apr 1, 2020.

  1. xCroix

    xCroix "I used to have one of those!"

    Messages:
    17
    Likes Received:
    2
    Trophy Points:
    3
    Good afternoon all,

    I'm looking to redo the whole front end steering and suspension in my '88 lx hatchback. It's got the 3spd automatic in it and I'm trying not to ruin the car by messing it up.

    The fuel pump had went out, and while it was at the mechanics, I noticed a sound coming from the front right wheel area. I asked him to check it out and he said it could either be the CV axle or a wheel bearing. I'm looking to replace both of those, but also the struts and suspension. It squeaks when I push down on it and the ride is extremely bouncy/noisy.

    So far I have the tire off, but I haven't gone any further because I'm afraid it will rain in here again. I'm looking for either part numbers or links to replacement parts for everything that could be causing that issue. Not performance parts, just close or better than OEM.

    I also have the Haynes manual to go with, bit it doesn't have part numbers.
    Any help is appreciated, thank you!
  2. austin86

    austin86 That nut who spends way to much on a escort.

    Messages:
    1,063
    Likes Received:
    347
    Trophy Points:
    118
    Location:
    Ohio
    Pull up moog's website. They have alot of stock and better then stock parts for the 80s escort. Then cross reference the PN on sites like summit or rockauto as the parts will be cheaper then buying direct form Moog.
    zzyzzx and xCroix like this.
  3. xCroix

    xCroix "I used to have one of those!"

    Messages:
    17
    Likes Received:
    2
    Trophy Points:
    3
    Thank you! I'll add the part numbers that I find here once I get to it.
  4. xCroix

    xCroix "I used to have one of those!"

    Messages:
    17
    Likes Received:
    2
    Trophy Points:
    3
    So I've scoured Rockauto and found some of the parts at a better deal.

    For the wheel hub kit (x2) I'm going with
    Moog 518503 - $32.79

    For the tie rods (x2)
    Inner - Moog EV118 - $7.39
    Outer - Moog ES2153RL - $4.96

    For the axles
    Surtrack FD8044 - $39.79
    Surtrack FD0085 - $37.79

    On the lower control arm, I'm debating between
    Moog CK8421/CK8423 or Mevotech CMK8421/CMK8423.
    $10 or $20 respectively. Will I feel that extra $$ or will they both wear out/feel the same?

    For the struts, rockauto had three options to choose from, and again I'm not sure if the extra $$ will transfer to extra reliability/comfort
    Monroe 71759 - $10.74
    Motorcraft AM928G - $23.09
    KYB 333141 (Excel-G's I think) - $36.79

    Strut mounts - two options
    Monroe 901927 - $8.57
    Mevotech MP901927 - $16.94

    Coil springs - two options
    Moog CC854 - $96.79
    AlDelco 45H1115 - $43.99

    There's about a $100 difference between the lowest prices and highest, so if it's not worth it, I'd rather put that $100 to some other parts of the car. And if there's a part I didn't give an option for but has a better replacement, or any parts I could be missing, please let me know. I've grown very fond of this escort and would hate for it to turn into lawn art.

    Thank you :)
  5. austin86

    austin86 That nut who spends way to much on a escort.

    Messages:
    1,063
    Likes Received:
    347
    Trophy Points:
    118
    Location:
    Ohio
    Make sure when you buy the parts form rockauto that your not getting warehouse closeout deal ok anything with rubber or perishable parts.

    I would get the Moog parts over any other brand myself. KYB struts are supposed to be better then the motorcraft ones. But I been told that are a tick stiffer then the motorcrafts.
    zzyzzx likes this.
  6. xCroix

    xCroix "I used to have one of those!"

    Messages:
    17
    Likes Received:
    2
    Trophy Points:
    3
    Are the wholesale parts okay if they're not rubber, like the wheel hub and bearing kit? And would the motorcraft strut being wholesale also be okay?
  7. xCroix

    xCroix "I used to have one of those!"

    Messages:
    17
    Likes Received:
    2
    Trophy Points:
    3
    Bearing/Hub Kit MOOG 518503 43.79* 2 87.58
    Left Axle
    SURTRACK/TRAKMOTIVE FD8045 37.79* 1 37.79
    Right Axle
    SURTRACK/TRAKMOTIVE FD8044 39.79* 1 39.79
    Outer Tie Rod
    MOOG ES2153RL 12.59* 2 25.18
    Inner Tie Rod
    MOOG EV118 8.25* 2 16.50
    Springs
    ACDELCO 45H1115 43.99* 1 43.99
    Strut MOTORCRAFT AM928G
    23.09* 2 46.18
    Strut Bellow
    MOOG K90460 13.99* 2 27.98
    Strut Mount
    MOOG K8574 24.79* 2 49.58
    Left Control Arm
    MOOG RK8423 19.28* 1 19.28
    Right Control Arm
    MOOG RK8421 21.89* 1 21.89
    =415.74

    This is what I've redone, selecting the regular inventory button on the parts. It's a little more expensive, and in all with shipping will be about $547. Still, having this done at the mechanic would have cost me three times, maybe four. I haven't put in an order for any of the parts, but I think these are my final choices.
    Again, I'll take any swaps that would benefit me :):thumbsup:
    (EDIT, can't get the copied spreadsheet to fit right, sorry about the awkward writing. I'll attach an image of the way it's supposed to look.)
    Annotation 2020-04-04 010556.png
    Last edited: Apr 3, 2020
  8. austin86

    austin86 That nut who spends way to much on a escort.

    Messages:
    1,063
    Likes Received:
    347
    Trophy Points:
    118
    Location:
    Ohio
    If its not a part that can go bad from age it should be ok, but I would pass on wholesale struts as they can leak.
    zzyzzx likes this.
  9. xCroix

    xCroix "I used to have one of those!"

    Messages:
    17
    Likes Received:
    2
    Trophy Points:
    3
    I'll just go for the kyb's then, since they seem to be well liked and used on this forum :)
  10. austin86

    austin86 That nut who spends way to much on a escort.

    Messages:
    1,063
    Likes Received:
    347
    Trophy Points:
    118
    Location:
    Ohio
    Sounds good. By the way, if you don't mind spending a few extra dollars the moog problem solver control arms are suppose to be better then the regular ones, but I never used them. I'm told they have poly bushings witch would last longer and handle better but may have a harder ride.

    If you wanted to save a little money you could keep your current control arms assuming they are are in good shape and just put new bushing in them.
    zzyzzx likes this.
  11. xCroix

    xCroix "I used to have one of those!"

    Messages:
    17
    Likes Received:
    2
    Trophy Points:
    3
    (My '88½ escort is the 1.9L 3sps Automatic. I don't know if I've mentioned it yet but now it could come important for the rest of this thread)

    Update on the axles, I've gotten both of them in. They came very nicely packed from rockauto and trakmotive :)

    I followed the haynes manual, but also undid the tie rods once I got the strut tower lose. There is so much rust and grease! Didn't help the trans coolant lines were leaking when I test drove it lol.

    My tips for removing the axle: if you're planning on replacing both axles, a good tug on center of the axle and trans will pop the circlip out. I don't see any damage to the trans or the axles, but I wouldn't want to risk damaging a part you're keeping (I took a risk on the trans though). Further back in the forum, there's a tip that rotating the axle to find a sweet spot on the circlip that also worked for the right axle.

    I've gotten both back into the hub assembly, but I'm waiting for the hardware store to fabricate the tool from Mr. Haynes


    -Xavier

    Attached Files:

    Last edited: Apr 26, 2020
  12. novanutcase

    novanutcase FEOA Member

    Messages:
    2,557
    Likes Received:
    612
    Trophy Points:
    263
    The right/drivers side axle is always a PITA to pull out. The first time I replaced it I got to exercise all the swear words I know along with enhancing my baseball skills with all the tools that went flying across the garage! LOL!

    John
  13. xCroix

    xCroix "I used to have one of those!"

    Messages:
    17
    Likes Received:
    2
    Trophy Points:
    3
    I forgot to update! I got both axles back in, they were pretty well aligned in the hub so I didn't need to fab the tool. I found that I had to take the tie rod end out of the knuckle to get the strut back in, along with some grease.
    I should have followed K.I.S.S. and kept the original mounts, the ones I bought had adjustable camber but it wasn't really needed.

    I heard a clicking noise when I finally drove it, and I decided rather than hunting it down myself I'll take it to the mechanic. So far he's only questioned why I bought the camber mounts, not anything else. I'll update it again once I get it back from the shop and let you guys know how much better it feels. Maybe I'll tackle the rear suspension next.

Share This Page