Continental 2000-2002

Removal & Installation

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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.
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  3. Turn the air suspension service switch OFF .
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  5. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
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  7. Relieve the fuel system pressure.
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  9. Disconnect the fuel lines.
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  11. Loosen the filter retaining clamp and remove the fuel filter.

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    Fig. Slide the special tool into the fitting to disengage it

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To install:

  1. Install the fuel filter with the flow arrow facing the proper direction and tighten the filter retaining clamp.
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  3. Push the fuel lines on to the filter fittings until an audible click is heard.
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  5. Connect the negative battery cable.
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  7. Start the engine and check for fuel leaks and proper operation.
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  9. Turn the air suspension switch to the ON position.
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CAUTION
Never smoke when working around gasoline! Avoid all sources of sparks or ignition. Gasoline vapors are EXTREMELY volatile!


WARNING
Fuel supply lines on all vehicles equipped with fuel injected engines will remain pressurized for long periods after engine shutdown. The pressure must be relieved before servicing these fuel systems.



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Fig. Hairpin clip push connect fitting



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Fig. In-line fuel filter assembly-1989-91 vehicles



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Fig. In-line fuel filter location-1992-up vehicles



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Fig. The fuel filter is located under the vehicle, along the frame rail on the passenger side -1992-98 vehicles



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Fig. Release the clips holding the fuel lines to the filter by gently prying them from the line. A cotter pin puller works very well for this



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Fig. After the clip's tangs are released, remove the clip from the line



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Fig. After the clip is removed, slide the line off the filter



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Fig. Loosen the clamp around the filter and . . .



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Fig. . . . remove the filter by sliding it out of the clamp


CAUTION
Fuel supply lines on fuel injected vehicles will remain pressurized for some time after the engine is shut off. Fuel pressure must be relieved before servicing the fuel system.

  1. To replace the in-line fuel filter.
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  3. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
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  5. Relieve the fuel system pressure as follows:
    1. Remove the fuel tank cap to relieve the pressure in the fuel tank.
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    3. Remove the cap from the Schrader valve located on the fuel injection supply manifold.
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  7. Connect the pressure gauge tool, to the fuel pressure relief valve (Schrader).
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  9. Open the manual valve on the pressure gauge tool to relieve the fuel system pressure.
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  11. Drain the fuel through the drain tube into a suitable container.
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  13. Raise and safely support the rear of the vehicle securely on jackstands.
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  15. Locate the fuel filter mounted on the right side inner frame rail near the wheel.
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  17. It will be necessary to remove the white hair-pin clips that lock the filter in place.
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  19. First, bend the shipping tab downward so that it will clear the body.
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  21. Next, using no tools, spread the two clip legs about ( 1 / 8 ) each to disengage the body and push the legs into the fitting.
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  23. Complete removal is accomplished by lightly pulling from the triangular end of the clip and working it clear of the tube and fitting.
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NOTE
Do not use hand tools to complete this operation.

  1. Grasp the fitting and pull in an axial (twisting) direction to remove the fitting from the filter. Be careful on 90 ° elbow connectors, as excessive side loading could break the connector body.
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  3. After disassembly, inspect the inside of the fitting for any internal parts such as O-rings and spacers that may have been dislodged from the fitting. Replace any damaged connector.
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  1. On 1988-91 Town Cars, remove the filter retainer bolts and remove the filter and retainer from the mounting bracket. Remove the filter from the retainer. Note that the direction of the flow arrow points to the open end of the retainer. Remove the rubber insulator rings.
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  3. On 1992-up vehicles, loosen the filter retaining clamp and remove the fuel filter. Note the direction of the flow arrow on the filter, so the replacement filter can be reinstalled in the same position.
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NOTE
Fuel will empty from the fuel filter. Have a suitable container ready to accept it.

To install:


NOTE
Do not re-use the hair-pin clips, new clips are supplied with a new filter.

  1. Install the hairpin clip push connect fittings at both ends of the fuel filter as follows:
    1. Install a new connector if damage was found. Insert a new clip into any 2 adjacent openings with the triangular portion pointing away from the fitting opening. Install the clip until the legs of the clip are locked on the outside of the body. Piloting with an index finger is necessary.
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  3. On 1992-up vehicles, install the fuel filter with the flow arrow facing the proper direction and tighten the filter retaining clamp.
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  5. On 1988-91 Town Cars, install the rubber insulator rings on the new filter (replace the insulator rings if the filter moves freely after the retainer is installed). Install the filter into the retainer with the flow arrow pointing out the open end of the retainer. Install the retainer on the bracket and tighten the mounting bolts to 27-44 inch lbs. (3-5 Nm).
    1. Before installing the fitting on the filter, wipe the filter end with a clean cloth. Inspect the inside of the fitting to make sure it is free of dirt and/or obstructions.
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    3. Align the fitting and filter axially and push the fitting onto the filter end. When the fitting is engaged, a definite click will be heard. Pull on the fitting to make sure it is fully engaged.
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  7. Lower the vehicle and connect the negative battery cable.
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  9. Cycle the key (on-off, on-off,) at two second intervals. Do this three or four times, and check for leaks, before starting the vehicle.
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