Continental 2000-2002

Shock Absorbers


Removal & Installation

All vehicle applications are equipped with gas-pressurized shock absorbers that will extend unassisted. Do not apply heat or flame to the shock absorber tube.

  1. Remove the nut, washer and bushing from the upper end of the shock absorber.
  3. Raise and safely support the vehicle by the frame rails allowing the front wheels to hang.
  5. Remove the 2 bolts securing the shock absorber to the lower control arm and remove the shock absorber.

To install:

  1. Before installation, purge a new shock of air by repeatedly extending it in its normal position and compressing it while inverted.
  3. Install a new bushing and washer on the top of the shock absorber and position the unit inside the front spring. Install the two lower attaching bolts and torque them to 13-16 ft. lbs. (17-23 Nm).
  5. Lower the vehicle.
  7. Place a new bushing and washer on the shock absorber top stud and install a new attaching nut. Tighten to 26 ft. lbs. (41 Nm).

Testing & Inspection

  1. Remove the shock absorber from the vehicle.
  3. Extend the shock absorber fully while it is right side up, as installed in the vehicle. Then turn it upside down and fully compress it. Repeat this procedure at least 3 times to make sure any trapped air has been expelled.
  5. Place the shock absorber right side up in a vise and hand stroke the shock absorber. Check the shock absorber insulators for damage and wear.
  7. If the shock absorber is properly primed, in its installed position, and there is a lag or a skip occurring near mid-stroke of the shaft reverse travel direction, the shock absorber must be replaced.
  9. Replace the shock absorber if there is any seizing during the shaft full travel, except at either end of the travel.
  11. Replace the shock absorber if upon the shaft fast, reverse stroke, there is any noise encountered other than a faint swish, such as a clicking sound.
  13. If there are excessive fluid leaks, and the shock absorber action remains erratic after purging air, replace the shock absorber.