Continental 2000-2002

Front & Rear Drive Axle (Differential)

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Drain & Refill





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Fig. Remove the axle cover retaining bolts



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Fig. After the cover bolts are removed, carefully pry the cover loose so that fluid begins to drain out the bottom



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Fig. After most of the fluid has drained out, remove the cover from the axle



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Fig. Thoroughly clean the axle housing and . . .



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Fig. . . .cover mating surfaces using a brush or other suitable tool



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Fig. Wipe the cover mating surface using a cloth or other rag and a suitable solvent to remove any contaminants on the surface



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Fig. Apply a bead of silicone to the cover mating surface before installing the cover onto the rear axle

The differential should be drained and refilled every 100,000 miles or if the axle has been submerged in water.

  1. Raise and safely support the vehicle on jackstands.
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  3. Clean all dirt from the area of the differential cover.
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  5. Position a drain pan under the differential.
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  7. Remove all but 2 cover retaining bolts and allow the fluid to drain from the differential. Once the fluid has drained, remove the remaining bolts to free the cover.
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  9. Thoroughly clean the differential cover. Cover the differential carrier with a clean rag to prevent axle contamination, then clean all the old sealant from the machined surface of the differential housing.
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  11. Make sure the machined surfaces of the cover and differential are clean and free of oil. Apply a 1 / 4 in. wide bead of silicone sealer around the circumference of the cover, going inside the bolt holes.
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  13. Install the cover with the retaining bolts. Tighten the bolts, evenly, to 25-35 ft. lbs. (34-47 Nm) in a crisscross pattern.
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  15. Remove the oil fill plug and add the required amount of hypoid gear oil through the oil fill hole. Refer to the Capacities chart at the end of this Section.
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NOTE
If equipped with Traction-Lok differential, 4 oz. of friction modifier additive C8AZ-19B546-A or equivalent, must be included in the refill.

  1. Install the oil fill plug and tighten to 15-30 ft. lbs. (20-41 Nm). Lower the vehicle.
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  3. Road test the vehicle to warm the fluid. Check for leaks.
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Fluid Level Check





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Fig. The check/fill plug location-rear axle



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Fig. Loosen the check/fill plug with a 3/8 drive tool and . . .



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Fig. . . . remove the check/fill plug



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Fig. Check the fluid level by placing a finger into the hole-rear axle



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Fig. Add the proper lubricant into the differential through the check/fill plug location

Checking the differential fluid level is generally unnecessary unless a leak is suspected.

  1. Raise and safely support the vehicle on jackstands.
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  3. Remove the oil fill plug from the differential housing. The hex drive on a 3 / 8 in. drive ratchet, breaker bar or extension works well on some applications.
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  5. Insert a finger into the fill hole; be careful as the threads can be sharp. The oil level should be about 1 / 4 in. below the bottom of the fill hole with the axle in normal running position.
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  7. If the oil level feels low, add oil through the fill hole. Most hypoid gear oil comes in squeeze bottles equipped with small fill nozzles, designed for this purpose.
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  9. When the oil level is correct, install the oil fill plug and tighten to 15-30 ft. lbs. (20-41 Nm).
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Fluid Recommendations



All conventional axles use Premium Rear Axle Lubricant XY-80W90-QL or -KL or equivalent, meeting Ford specification WSP-M2C 197-A. For Traction-Lok equipped vehicles, add 5 oz. (118 ml) of Ford Friction Modifier or equivalent meeting Ford Specifications.

 
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