Front suspension questions
For starters, when I got my '95 Cougar it came with maintenance records showing that the "radius arm bushing" needed to be changed on the right front. I've been going on the assumption that the mechanic who wrote that was referring to one of the tension strut bushings. The symptom is a clunking/rattling sound from the front end when driving on anything but perfectly smooth road. I've also just become aware that the right front wheel has about a half inch of fore-and-aft movement if I kick the tire.
I'm still waiting for a good day and a helper to try and figure out where the movement is coming from, but does it sound like this could be the tension strut? If so, I've got some questions about the bushings. I see that the topic has been done to death here on the TCCoA forums, but I'm having trouble making sense of everything. As far as I can tell, the genuine Ford bushings are no longer an option, so from my local parts store I'm left with Moog, which I hear is terrible, Master Pro Chassis, and Rare Parts. Are any of these any good? Part numbers:
And just how much of a job is this going to be? I've got a bigass breaker bar around here somewhere, but I'm probably going to have to buy a new socket for the nuts on the strut rods. It's also becoming increasingly likely I'll be doing this in the cold and snow. Any tips from the people who've done this before?