Continental 2000-2002

Lower Control Arms

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Bushing Replacement



The control arm bushings are serviced with the control arm as an assembly.

The control arm bushings are integral with the lower control arm. If the bushings are defective, the entire lower control arm must be replaced.

Removal & Installation




NOTE
Disable the air suspension before raising the vehicle. The switch is located on the left side of the luggage compartment.

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
  2.  
  3. Turn the air suspension switch to the OFF position.
  4.  
  5. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Front wheel
     
    Air suspension height sensor from the front air suspension sensor pin, if equipped
     
    Wheel speed sensor wiring harness
     

  6.  
  7. Nut and the washer from the front suspension lower arm strut.
  8.  
  9. Lower control arm-to-ball joint nut. Discard the nut.
    WARNING
    Do not allow the front wheel knuckle and the front wheel driveshaft joint to move outward. Over extension of the front wheel driveshaft joint will result in separation of the driveshaft internal parts, causing failure of the joint.


    NOTE
    Make sure the steering column is in the unlocked position, and do not use a hammer to separate the ball joint from the front suspension lower arm. Use extreme care not to damage the boot seal.

  10.  
  11. Using a suitable puller, separate the ball joint from the lower control arm.

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    Fig. Use a puller to separate the ball joint from the lower control arm

  12.  
  13. Remove and discard the front suspension lower arm inner pivot bolt and nut.

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