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Come along with Eric O. at the SMA shop as we swap out (at customers request) some front strut assemblies, rear shocks and both front outer tie rod ends on this Ford Escape and have a little fun along the way! -Enjoy
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46 thoughts on “Ford escape: front struts – rear shocks outer tie rods”
  1. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars randy beard says:

    Since this is a Northern Vehicle, I would leave the penetrating oil on Suspension and Plastic Parts…

  2. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Chris Bentley says:

    Why did he want all them replaced if they were OK? Or are some people like, well I've done 100k I need this doing? But if they tell Mr O they want them changed then they get changed. Nice video Mr O, thanks.

  3. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Antonio Claudio Michael says:

    Great video as always Eric O @SouthMainAutoRepairLLC

  4. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars David Southwell says:

    What year?

  5. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars David Southwell says:

    I think I need to replace the front struts in my wife’s 2013 Escape. Replaced sway bar links, tie rod end that was really worn out. Still got a clanking noise. Ford Tech Makaloco has a really good video

  6. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Leslie Q says:

    I double-nut just to keeo the threads clean.

  7. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars John Ridley says:

    Seems to me that the guy committed the sin that CarTalk warns against – he self-diagnosed and thought the bad handling was caused by bad shocks/struts. Probably nothing wrong with them and putting the new tie rod ends on would fix all his trouble. Or maybe, as you said, he heard a rattle back there and mistook the loose jack for a bad strut.

  8. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Mark Michlewicz says:

    If you would have forgotten that bottle of oil that guy would have been all over the internet telling the world how you stole a bottle of oil out of his truck .

  9. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Mike White says:

    nice, even went the extra mile and checked the spare tire pressure, i would buy you a box of coffee and donuts!

  10. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Charlie Lambert says:

    Factory double nuts the shocks on those older escappe'

  11. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Ken Johnson says:

    Hey Eric. I'm retired and just beginning to learn auto mechanics the hard way: I got took on a 2011 Tribute that I paid 4K for. I'm now in the process of doing 4K in repairs on it, though I understand I'll never get my money out of the beast. I wish I could say it's been fun. Currently replacing the front struts using your video.. I've already done the front brakes using your video. Thanks so much for the great videos. IMHO your videos are the most useful.

  12. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars dondale68 says:

    Good man,,, At least check the air in their spare. Tell them that you're not gonna charge them for the air, do that while chuckling. They'll remember the mechanic who went the extra mile!

  13. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jimmie Adams says:

    What's with the air raid siren?

  14. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars joe brock says:

    U tak to the stuff company thay will tal u quk struts are the cheapest mode call min roe ar kyp Gabriel thay all say the same thsn loved struts are the cheapest model struts

  15. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Hawk 1966 says:

    Neatly Beardless Eric, how strange.

  16. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars captain america says:

    didnt see quart of oil being put back in van. ?. sorry mr o i commented before seeing full video good of you to put back oil.

  17. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jorge Mach___ says:

    Eric ! I have an idea. Could that hat of yours be replicated with all that wear and tear. with SMA on it. I would pay 20 to 25 dollars for one maybe 30 if signed. So maybe 50 thousand other viewers want one too?
    or sell me that one .

  18. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars j ma says:

    i just got a 2010 escape but i want better clearance. do you think the 2" spacers for the strut will cause long term damage to the drive shafts?

  19. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars David summers says:

    I always take a wire brush whether it’s in a pneumatic tool or hand brush and I clean all the threads really good then spray it with some kind of penetrating oil I always find 97% of the time that works with little effort or extra work to remove the nuts and I have worked on some very rusty cars in my Time

  20. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Electro Evolution says:

    Your relationship is so wholesome. I genuinely love this channel

  21. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jason Girvan says:

    I love you’re channel and the way you work but can I give you one tip to save youse bloody knuckles?
    When unlocking locking pliers, squeeze the release lever towards the adjusting bolt first then the other way if needed. This step releases the spring tension first.

  22. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Hector Jones says:

    It’s nice to see a really good old school mechanic. I worked in my uncles shop as a kid. I learned a few things watching and eventually working with the mechanics. Anyway, it’s good to see a mechanic who cares about doing the job right. And, Mr. O is a good example of a good example. Keep up the good work. And thank you for putting out good work and quality videos. Have a great day and stay safe…

  23. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars kris Fairchild says:

    The dirty plastic was bothering me, then he Sprayed it…lol

  24. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars James Cucuro says:

    You know, I’m 77, your young, you are a special person ,who is very blessed, I think you know it, a beautiful family , great wife, a wonderful busniss in a little town setting, all the business

  25. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Greg778 says:

    SMA Brake cleaner

  26. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Gary Alford says:

    Escapes are real bad for the rear shock towers rusting through, and no one makes a fix for it that I know of !!!

  27. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Shane Harrison says:

    You and Mrs.O haveing a fun little hammer toss

  28. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Shane Harrison says:

    That's good stuff and with ham I'm going to have to get some wild rice and beans with steak cutlets or chunks one of these days

  29. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Shane Harrison says:

    Dude did someone's cat lick milk off you face and made your beard and mustache disappear whoa lol just kidding you do look younger.

  30. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Doug H. in VA says:

    For most guys, they will never see a mechanic do this stuff let alone explain it ! So this is real VALUE to regular guys when they have work to be done. To be able to tell the mechanic what you think is wrong and where puts you MUCH higher in their esteem that an ignorant customer ! I hired an experienced 'mobile mechanic' to install 4 struts in my 1999 Corolla (after 20 years!) and watched him do it. Money well-spent and that is a hateful and hard job to do!

  31. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Rory Weber says:

    Love your videos

  32. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars RJB says:

    He left those tools in the spare well because they a PITA to get out of the plastic cover.

  33. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Michael Southerland says:

    Mocking "torque NAZIs" OK, but shouldn't you tell the typical DIYer with a hand ratchet to lower the vehicle before tightening the shock mount ??? (Yes, I've messed up my first time, don't wanna talk about it lol)

    To the DIYer learning, have the vehicle supporting it's own weight before the final tightening of strut mount.

  34. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Will V says:

    Hey Eric, I'm having trouble with my ball joints, but I guess you probably can't help me there since my troubles are Urologist and Rheumatologist related. I hesitate to mention about my Misfires. 😆
    Great videos though!

  35. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars David Price says:

    What a good job you did on that Eric, like it was yours..

  36. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Alexis DeVille says:

    Fun as usual!

  37. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars William Kraft says:

    Always a pleasure having Mrs. O make an appearance !!!

  38. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Greg B says:

    Got it fill up the raisin eat the tire. I take notes.

  39. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Cabin-luvr 279 says:

    Your beard!!!!!!
    BABYFACE ERIC O!!!

  40. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Captain Morgan says:

    Did you say herpes of the automotive world? Lol

  41. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jorge Rodriguez says:

    Best Mechanic on YouTube Hands Down

  42. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Michael Leporati says:

    I just recently did work on a escape and learned that the position of the upper strut plate changes caster/camber slightly.

  43. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Richard Wallinger says:

    most indipendant shops are run by excellent self employed self taught mechanics . I discovered hydraulic oil and acetone 50/50 mix, quite a while ago. I fill up an empty kitchen surface sprayer bottle . Mechanicing on radio control model helicopters sharpens up anyone's mechanicing skills.

  44. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Stephen Mcgraw says:

    Donuts haha they have to work for there money there not cheap