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Maintenance - Front Suspension and Steering System
front suspension is of the independent type,
consisting essentially of two coil spring
suspension units incorporating hydraulic double
acting shock absorbers. Two track control arms
govern the limits of the front wheel track and
are pivoted on the front suspension cross tube.
The stabiliser bar is secured at the
forward end to rubber-mounted suspension feet and
is located at the rear ends in rubber bushes in
the track control arms. Fore and aft movement of
the front wheels is controlled by the stabiliser,
which also serves to check body roll on corners.
Normally, the only attention
required is periodical lubrication, any
adjustments which may be required should be made
by an Authorised Ford Dealer.
The steering gear fitted to your Anglia is of the
worm and nut type. The steering worm is supported
on ball bearings at each end of the worm, and
shims are provided which may be removed to take
up any end float.
As the above adjustments affect the
steering control of the car, it is suggested that
you allow your Authorised Ford Dealer to make any
adjustments that may be necessary.
|Check the Steering Box Oil
Level - (1000 Mile Service)
With the car standing on level ground, remove the
rubber plug on top of the steering box. Check the
oil level, which should be level with the filler
plug hole. If required top up with Extreme Pressure Gear Oil until the level reaches
the filler plug hole.
Replace the rubber plug.
The Steering Gear is of the worm and nut and
apart from the periodic lubrication described
above, requires adjustment and attention only at
fairly long intervals
Occasionally the front wheels should be jacked up
and tested for free rotation and excessive
bearing play. To determine if there
is any excessive end play, grasp the wheel at the
top and bottom of the tyre and rock the wheel
backwards and forwards.
It is important that play in the
wheel bearings is differentiated from possible
looseness which may exist in the various steering
connections. If it has been determined that
excessive play exists in the front wheel
bearings, they should be adjusted.
|Adjusting Front Wheel
Bearings - (5000 Mile Service)
Jack up the car and remove the hub cap (described
in the section General Maintenance - Wheels and
Tyres), Remove the dust cap by carefully levering
it from the end of the hub.
the spilt pin, unscrew the bearing adjusting nut;
remove the thrust washer and the taper roller
bearing. Lift off the drum and wheel assembly.
Clean all the old grease from these
components and repack with good quality wheel
bearing grease. The grease should be worked
carefully into the rollers and cages of the inner
and outer bearings. The hub itself should not be
packed completely full but an appreciable air
space should be left.
Replace the hub and bearing on the
spindle followed by the flat washer and
bearing adjusting nut to 30lb ft (4.1 kg m)
whilst rotating the wheel, and then slacken off
the nut back not less than two castellations and
not more than two and a half castellations.
you do not own a torque wrench, rotate the wheel
whilst tightening up the bearing adjusting nut
until a heavy drag can be felt, then turn the nut
back one castellation at a time until the wheel
is perfectly free from just perceptible end
float. This is best tested at the periphery of
Fit a new split pin; two holes are
drilled in the wheel spindle to allow adjustment
to one-twelfth of a turn. Carefully clean and
replace the dust hub cap, and then lower the
vehicle to the ground, check the wheel nuts and
replace the hub cap.
Never run the car
with the dust caps missing since this would allow
an easy entry for grit and other road dirt
Front Wheel Alignment
If at any time it is felt that the front wheel
alignment requires attention, as could be seen by
some condition such as undue tyre wear or heavy
steering, an Authorised Ford Dealer or specialist
Tyre Supplier should be permitted to check the
system with the special equipment developed for
|Top up Front Suspension
- (5000 Mile Service)
The car should
be parked, unladen standing on level ground. NOTE
- This is most important
the combined filler and level plug located in the
body of the suspension unit, approximately 3 in
below the coil spring lower seat, at the front or
rear of the unit, and add shock absorber fluid,
Part No M-100502-E, until it reaches the bottom
of the plug hole.
Replace the plug and tighten securely.
On no account should the fluid be added to
the suspension units under pressure.
Information taken from Various Ford
Anglia Instruction Books and Handbooks..
The Health and Safety bit.
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risk if you do not take sensible safety
precautions. Never work under an unsupported
vehicle, do not take shortcuts. If you feel that
the task is beyond your capabilities, then employ
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responsible for any accidents or injury arising
from advice given on this webpage. Safety advice
can be obtained from the RoSPA.