Continental 2000-2002

Balance Shaft

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Removal & Installation



3.8L Engine
  1. Remove the engine from the vehicle.
  2.  
  3. Remove the intake manifolds.
  4.  
  5. Remove the oil pan.
  6.  
  7. Remove the front cover and timing chain and camshaft sprocket.
  8.  
  9. Remove the balance shaft drive gear and spacer.
  10.  
  11. Remove the balance shaft gear, thrust plate and shaft assembly.
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Fig. Balance shaft assembly and related components-3.8L engine

To install:

  1. Thoroughly coat the balance shaft bearings in the block with engine oil.
  2.  
  3. Install the balance shaft gear.
  4.  
  5. Install the balance shaft, thrust plate and gear, then tighten the retaining bolts to 6-10 ft. lbs. (8-14 Nm).
  6.  
  7. Install the timing chain and camshaft sprocket.
  8.  
  9. Install the oil pan.
  10.  
  11. Install the timing cover.
  12.  
  13. Install the intake manifolds.
  14.  
  15. Install the engine in the vehicle.
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