Continental 2000-2002

Spindles & Bearings

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Removal & Installation



  1. Raise and safely support the front of the vehicle securely on jackstands.
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  3. Position safety stands on the frame behind the lower control arms. Remove the wheel and tire assembly.
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  5. Remove the brake caliper and suspend with a length of wire; do not let the caliper hang by the brake hose. Remove the brake rotor and dust shield. Remove the anti-lock brake sensor, if equipped.
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  7. Disconnect the tie rod end from the spindle using removal tool 3290-D or equivalent.
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  9. On 1988-91 vehicles, proceed as follows:
    1. Remove and discard the cotter pins from both ball joint studs and loosen the stud nuts 1-two turns. Do not remove the nuts at this time.
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    3. Position a suitable ball joint press tool between the upper and lower ball joint studs. Turn the tool with a wrench until the tool places the studs under compression.
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    5. Using a hammer sharply hit the spindle near the studs to loosen the studs from the spindle.
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  11. On 1992-00 vehicles, proceed as follows:
    1. Remove and discard the cotter pin from the lower ball joint stud and loosen the stud nut 1-two turns. Do not remove the nut at this time.
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    3. Using a hammer sharply hit the spindle near the stud to loosen the stud from the spindle.
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    5. Remove the pinch bolts from the upper ball joint and stabilizer link ball joint at the spindle.
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  13. Position a floor jack under the lower control arm at the lower ball joint area, and raise the jack to support the lower arm.
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NOTE
The jack will support the spring load on the lower control arm.

  1. On 1988-91 vehicles, remove the upper and lower ball joint stud nuts and remove the spindle.
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  3. On 1992-00 vehicles, remove the lower ball joint stud nut. Pry the slots with a suitable prybar at the upper ball joint and link ball joint to separate from the spindle. Remove the spindle.
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To install:

  1. On 1992-00 vehicles, position the spindle on the stabilizer bar upper ball joint stud. Install the pinch bolt and loosely install the nut.
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  3. Position the spindle on the lower ball joint stud and install the stud nut. Tighten the nut to 80-119 ft. lbs. (108-162 Nm). Continue to tighten the nut until a slot for the cotter pin is aligned. Install a new cotter pin.
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  5. Raise the lower arm and guide the upper ball joint stud into the spindle.
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  7. On 1988-91 vehicles, install the upper ball joint stud nut and tighten to 60-90 ft. lbs. (81-122 Nm). Continue to tighten the nut until a slot for the cotter pin is aligned. Install a new cotter pin.
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  9. On 1992-00 vehicles, install the upper ball joint stud pinch bolt and nut. Tighten the nut to 67 ft. lbs. (92 Nm). Tighten the stabilizer link to spindle pinch bolt nut to 30-50 ft. lbs. (40-55 Nm).
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  11. Connect the tie rod end to the spindle. Install the nut and tighten to 43-46 ft. lbs. (59-63 Nm). Continue to tighten the nut until the slot for the cotter pin is aligned with the cut in the bolt and install a new cotter pin.
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  13. Install the brake dust shield, caliper, rotor, and anti-lock brake sensor, if equipped.
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  15. Install the wheel and tire assembly and lower the vehicle.
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  17. Check the front end alignment.
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