Continental 2000-2002

Master Cylinder

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Fluid Level Check





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Fig. The brake fluid level should not be above the MAX line on the side of the reservoir



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Fig. Wipe the master cylinder reservoir clean before . . .



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Fig. . . . removing the reservoir cap



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Fig. Pour brake fluid from a sealed container directly into the reservoir

The master cylinder - located in the left rear section of the engine compartment - consists of an aluminum body and a reservoir with minimum fill indicators. The fluid level of the reservoirs should be kept near the top of the observation windows.


NOTE
Avoid spilling brake fluid on any of the vehicles painted surfaces, wiring cables or electrical connectors. Brake fluid will damage paint and electrical connections. If any fluid is spilled on the vehicle, flush the area with water to lessen the damage.

Any sudden decrease in the fluid level indicates a possible leak in the system and should be checked out immediately.

Fluid Recommendations & Fill



When adding or replacing the brake fluid, always use a top quality fluid, such as DOT-3. DO NOT allow the brake fluid container or master cylinder reservoir to remain open for long periods; brake fluid absorbs moisture from the air, reducing its effectiveness and causing corrosion in the lines.

Removal & Installation



  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
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  3. Depress the brake pedal several times to exhaust all vacuum in the power brake booster.
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  5. Remove and plug the brake lines from the primary and secondary outlet ports of the master cylinder.
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  7. Detach the brake warning indicator switch connector.
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  9. If equipped with ABS and traction assist, remove 2 bolts retaining the proportioning valve bracket to the master cylinder. Secure the proportioning valve and brake lines in a position to prevent damage or loss of brake fluid.
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  11. Remove 2 nuts retaining the brake master cylinder to the power brake booster assembly.
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  13. Slide the master cylinder forward and upward from the vehicle and remove.
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To install:

  1. If replacing the brake master cylinder, bench bleed the master cylinder before installation.
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  3. Install the brake master cylinder to the power brake booster mounting studs and install 2 retaining nuts. Torque the nuts to 16-21 ft. lbs. (21-29 Nm).
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  5. If equipped with ABS and traction assist, place the proportioning valve bracket in position and install 2 retaining bolts. Torque the bolts to 14-19 ft. lbs. (19-26 Nm).
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  7. Unplug and install the primary and secondary brake lines to the brake master cylinder outlet ports. Torque the brake line fittings to 10-15 ft. lbs. (14-20 Nm).
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  9. Reconnect the brake warning indicator switch connector.
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  11. Properly bleed the brake system using clean DOT 3 or equivalent, brake fluid from a closed container.
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CAUTION
If raising the vehicle for brake bleeding and the vehicle is equipped with air suspension, the air suspension switch, located on the right-hand side of the luggage compartment, must be turned to the OFF position before raising the vehicle.

  1. Fill the master cylinder reservoir to the proper level.
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  3. Operate the brakes several times, then check for external hydraulic leaks.
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  5. Reconnect the negative battery cable.
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  7. If equipped with air suspension, turn the air suspension switch to the ON position, if disabled.
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  9. Road test the vehicle and check the brake system for proper operation.
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