Insert Locknut

1991 Ford F150 Custom 4.9L 2WD Automatic?

The back left leaf spring has disconnected from the rear end of the spring the part to which it bolted onto has rusted off. But the arm is still on the fram and in good condition. Can something like this be fixed personally? And if so how?

You'll need a new spring hanger and bolts. If you have mechanical inclination, you can do this yourself.

Block the front wheels, securely. You'll need to remove the weight off the spring (i.e. jack the truck at the frame). Place the truck on to jack stands. You'll probably need to remove the wheel so you can have better access to the spring.

Remove the old bolts from the spring eye and frame bracket. You'll probably need lots of lubricant (i.e., PB Blaster, WD-40, etc.). Drive bolts out of spring hanger and spring eye. If the bolts are extremely rusty this may take a while. You may need to place a block between the spring and the frame and apply lots of hammer. Be careful not to mushroom the end of the bolt, it will make your life more difficult.

Place new hanger onto spring and hanger and replace bolts. You may need to have a jack under the axle to position the spring in the correct location to replace the bolts.

I would recommend you use at least Grade 8 bolts with nylon insert locknuts.

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