Continental 2000-2002

Strut (MacPherson Strut) Assembly 2

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Removal & Installation





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Fig. The airspring removed from the car



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Fig. Check the solenoid and airspring to make sure you haven't lost the sealing O-rings

To install:

  1. Install the air spring assembly and the three top mount-to-airspring tower nuts.
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  3. Install the steering knuckle and hub assembly to the strut.
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  5. Install a new strut-to-steering knuckle pinch bolt. Tighten the bolt to 73-97 ft. lbs. (98-132 Nm).
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  7. Install the halfshaft into the hub.
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  9. Install the lower arm to the steering knuckle, making sure the ball stud groove is properly positioned. Be very careful not to damage the ball joint seal. Fasten using a new pinch bolt and nut. Tighten to 40-53 ft. lbs. (54-72 Nm).
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NOTE
The letters "Top LH" and "Top RH" are molded into the stabilizer bar link for correct assembly to the strut.

  1. Install the stabilizer link to the strut, making sure the link is positioned properly, then install a new stabilizer bar link nut. Tighten to 57-75 ft. lbs. (77-102 Nm).
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  3. Using a new castle/slotted nut, install the tie rod end onto the knuckle. Tighten the nut to 23-35 ft. lbs. (31-47 Nm).
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  5. Install the disc brake rotor, caliper, and tire/wheel assembly. Tighten the wheel lug nuts to 85-105 ft. lbs. (115-142 Nm).
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  7. Tighten the three top mount-to-air spring tower nuts to 23-29 ft. lbs. (31-40 Nm).
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  9. Lower the vehicle partially.
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  11. Turn on the air suspension switch and fill the air spring as follows:

    Place the air suspension service switch in the ON position.
     
    Turn the ignition switch OFF .
     
    Connect a battery charger to reduce the battery drain.
     
    Open the access door in the left-hand luggage compartment trim panel to plug the Super Star II tester or an equivalent scan tool, into the air suspension diagnostics wiring harness connector.
     
    Set the tester to EEC-IV/MCU mode. Also set the tester to FAST mode. Release the tester button to the HOLD (up) position and turn the tester ON .
     
    Depress the tester button to TEST (down) position. A Code 10 will be displayed. Within 2 minutes, a Code 13 will be displayed. After Code 13 is displayed, release the tester button to HOLD (up) position, wait 5 seconds, and depress the tester button to TEST (down) position. Ignore any codes displayed.
     
    Release the tester button to the HOLD (up) position. Wait at least 20 seconds, then depress the tester button to TEST (down) position. Within 10 seconds, the codes will be displayed in the order shown.
     
    Within 4 seconds after Code 24/25 is displayed, release the tester button to the HOLD (up) position. Waiting longer than 4 seconds may result in Functional Test 31 being entered. The compressor will fill the air springs with air as long as the tester button is in the HOLD (up) position. To stop filling the air springs, depress the tester button to the TEST (down) position.
     

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NOTE
It is possible to overheat the compressor during this operation. If the compressor overheats, the self-resetting circuit breaker in the compressor will open and remain open for about 15 minutes. This allows the compressor to cool down.



To exit Functional Test 24/25, disconnect the tester and turn the ignition switch OFF .
 

  1. Lower the vehicle.
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  3. Then tighten the hub nut to 170-203 ft. lbs. (230-275 Nm).
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  5. Depress the brake pedal a few times before moving the vehicle.
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