Continental 2000-2002

Flexplate (Driveplate)

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Removal & Installation



3.8L Engine
  1. Remove the transaxle from the vehicle.
  2.  
  3. Remove the flywheel/flexplate attaching bolts and the flywheel.
  4.  



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Fig. Flywheel mounting-3.8L engine

To install:


NOTE
All major rotating components including the flexplate/flywheel are individually balance to zero. Engine assembly balancing is not required. Balance weights should not be installed on new flywheels.

  1. Install the rear cover plate, if removed.
  2.  
  3. Position the flywheel on the crankshaft and install the attaching bolts. Tighten the attaching bolts to 54-64 ft. lbs. (73-87 Nm), using the standard cross-tightening sequence
  4.  
  5. Install the transaxle.
  6.  

4.6L & 5.0L Engines
  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2.  
  3. Remove the transmission; refer to Section 7.
  4.  
  5. Remove the retaining bolts and remove the flexplate from the crankshaft.
  6.  
  7. Inspect the flexplate for cracks or other damage. Check the ring gear for worn, chipped or cracked teeth. If the teeth are damaged, the entire flexplate must be replaced.
  8.  

To install:

  1. Make sure the crankshaft flange and flexplate mating surfaces are clean.
  2.  
  3. Position the flexplate on the crankshaft and install the retaining bolts.
  4.  


NOTE
On 5.0L engines, apply suitable pipe sealant to the flexplate bolt threads before installation.

  1. On 4.6L engine, tighten the flexplate retaining bolts, in a crisscross pattern, to 54-64 ft. lbs. (73-87 Nm).
  2.  
  3. On 5.0L engines, tighten the flexplate retaining bolts, in a crisscross pattern, to 75-85 ft. lbs. (102-115 Nm).
  4.  
  5. Install the transmission and lower the vehicle. Connect the negative battery cable.
  6.  



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Fig. Flexplate installation-4.6L engine



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Fig. Flexplate installation-5.0L engines

 
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