Continental 2000-2002

Removal & Installation

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Automatic Transaxle




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 switch to the OFF position.
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  5. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Negative battery cable
     
    Front wheels
     
    Suspension height sensors
     
    Wheel speed sensors
     
    Outer tie rod ends
     
    Lower ball joints
     
    Stabilizer bar links
     

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  7. Separate the halfshafts from the wheel hubs and the transaxle and remove the halfshafts.

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    Fig. Exploded view of the halfshafts. See accompanying keylist for components.

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Halfshaft component keylist



1 - Front ABS indicator
 
2 - Halfshaft joint
 
3 - Ball cage
 
4 - Balls
 
5 - Race
 
6 - Halfshaft joint boot clamp (large)
 
7 - Halfshaft joint boot
 
8 - Halfshaft joint boot clamp (small)
 
9 - Circlip
 
10 - Stop ring
 
11 - Interconnecting shaft
 
12 - Inboard CV-joint housing
 
13 - Circlip
 
14 - Inboard CV-joint housing
 
15 - Interconnecting shaft
 

To install:


NOTE
When installing suspension components and halfshafts, use new nuts, bolts, circlips and split pins.

  1. Install or connect the following:

    Halfshafts. Tighten the hub retainer nuts to 180-200 ft. lbs. (245-270 Nm).
     
    Stabilizer bar links. Tighten the nuts to 30-40 ft. lbs. (40-55 Nm).
     
    Lower ball joints. Tighten the pinch bolts to 50-68 ft. lbs. (68-92 Nm).
     
    Outer tie rod ends. Tighten the nuts to 35-46 ft. lbs. (47-63 Nm).
     
    Wheel speed sensors
     
    Suspension height sensors
     
    Front wheels
     

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  3. Turn the air suspension switch to the ON position.
  4.  
  5. Road test the vehicle and check for proper operation.
  6.  

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2.  
  3. Remove the wheel cover/hub cover from the wheel and tire assembly, then loosen the lug nuts.
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Fig. After removing the wheel/hub cover, loosen the lug nuts

  1. Raise and safely support the vehicle, then remove the wheel and tire assembly. Insert a steel rod in the rotor to prevent it from turning, then remove the hub nut and washer. Discard the old hub nut.
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Fig. Before removing the hub nut and washer, insert a steel rod in the rotor to prevent it from turning



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Fig. Remove the hub nut and washer, then discard the nut, and replace with a new one during installation

  1. Remove the nut from the ball joint to steering knuckle attaching bolts.
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  3. Drive the bolt out of the steering knuckle using a punch and hammer. Discard this bolt and nut after removal.
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Fig. Drive the bolt out of the front wheel knuckle using a punch and hammer, then discard the nut and bolt and replace with new ones during installation

  1. If equipped with anti-lock brakes, remove the anti-lock brake sensor and position it aside. If equipped with air suspension, remove the height sensor bracket retaining bolt and wire sensor bracket to inner fender. Position the sensor link aside.
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Fig. If so equipped, remove the anti-lock brake sensor and position it aside

  1. Separate the ball joint from the steering knuckle using a suitable prybar. Position the end of the prybar outside of the bushing pocket to avoid damage to the bushing. Use care to prevent damage to the ball joint boot. Remove the stabilizer bar link at the stabilizer bar.
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Fig. When separating the ball joint from the steering knuckle, be careful not to damage to ball joint boot

  1. Slide the link shaft out of the transaxle. Support the end of the shaft by suspending it from a convenient underbody component with a piece of wire. Do not allow the shaft to hang unsupported, damage to the outboard CV-joint may occur.
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  3. Separate the outboard CV-joint from the hub using front hub remover tool T81P-1104-C or equivalent and metric adapter tools T83P-1104-BH, T86P-1104-Al and T81P-1104-A or equivalent.
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NOTE
Never use a hammer to separate the outboard CV-joint stub shaft from the hub. Damage to the CV-joint threads and internal components may result. The halfshaft assembly is removed as a complete unit.

  1. Install the CV-joint puller tool T86P-3514-A1 or equivalent, between CV-joint and transaxle case. Turn the steering hub and/or wire strut assembly aside.
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  3. Screw extension tool T86P-3514-A2 or equivalent, into the CV-joint puller and hand tighten. Screw an impact slide hammer onto the extension and remove the CV-joint.
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  5. Support the end of the shaft by suspending it from a convenient underbody component with a piece of wire. Do not allow the shaft to hang unsupported, damage to the outboard CV-joint may occur.
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  7. Separate the outboard CV-joint from the hub using front hub remover tool T81P-1104-C or equivalent and metric adapter tools T83P-1104-BH, T86P-1104-Al and T81P-1104-A or equivalent.
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  9. Remove the halfshaft assembly from the vehicle.
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Fig. These tools are necessary for halfshaft removal



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Fig. Installing the specified tools to remove the halfshaft assembly from the vehicle



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Fig. Support the end of the shaft by suspending it from a convenient underbody component with a piece of wire. Do not allow the shaft to hang unsupported, since damage to the outboard CV-joint may occur



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Fig. Separate the outboard CV-joint from the hub using front hub remover tool T81P-1104-C or equivalent, and metric adapter tools T83P-1104-BH, T86P-1104-Al and T81P-1104-A or equivalent, then remove the halfshaft assembly from the vehicle



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Fig. Exploded view of the halfshaft assemblies and related components-automatic transaxle

To install:

  1. Install a new circlip on the inboard CV-joint stub shaft and/or link shaft. The outboard CV-joint does not have a circlip. When installing the circlip, start one end in the groove and work the circlip over the stub shaft end into the groove. This will avoid overexpanding the circlip.
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NOTE
The circlip must not be re-used. A new circlip must be installed each time the inboard CV-joint is installed into the transaxle differential.



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Fig. Always use a new circlip on the inboard CV-joint stub shaft and/or link shaft. When installing the new circlip, start one end in the groove and work the circlip over the stub shaft end into the groove. This will avoid overexpanding the circlip

  1. Carefully align the splines of the inboard CV-joint stub shaft with the splines in the differential. Exerting some force, push the CV-joint into the differential until the circlip is felt to seat in the differential side gear. Use care to prevent damage to the differential oil seal. If equipped, tighten the link shaft bearing to 16-23 ft. lbs. (22-31 Nm).
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NOTE
A non-metallic mallet may be used to aid in seating the circlip into the differential side gear groove. If a mallet is necessary, tap only on the outboard CV-joint stub shaft.

  1. Carefully align the splines of the outboard CV-joint stub shaft with the splines in the hub and push the shaft into the hub as far as possible.
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Fig. Carefully align the splines of the inboard CV-joint stub shaft with the splines in the differential

  1. Temporarily fasten the rotor to the hub with washers and two wheel lug nuts. Insert a steel rod into the rotor and rotate clockwise to contact the knuckle to prevent the rotor from turning during the CV-joint installation.
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  3. Install the hub nut washer and a new hub nut. Manually thread the retainer onto the CV-joint as far as possible.
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Fig. Install the hub washer and a new hub nut, then thread the retainer by hand on the threads as far as possible

  1. Connect the control arm to the steering knuckle, then install a new nut and bolt. Tighten the nut to 40-55 ft. lbs. (54-74 Nm).
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Fig. Connect the control arm to the steering knuckle and install a new nut and bolt. Tighten to 40-55 ft. lbs. (54-74 Nm)

  1. If equipped, install the anti-lock brake sensor and/or the ride height sensor bracket.
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Fig. If equipped, install the anti-lock brake sensor

  1. Connect the stabilizer link to the stabilizer bar. Tighten to 35-48 ft. lbs. (47-65 Nm).
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Fig. Connect the stabilizer link to the stabilizer bar. Tighten to 35-48 ft. lbs. (47-65 Nm)

  1. Install a new hub retainer nut, then tighten the nut to 180-200 ft. lbs. (245-270 Nm). Remove the steel rod.
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Fig. Install a new hub retainer nut, then tighten to specification using a torque wrench. Do NOT use an air gun or impact tool to tighten the nut

  1. Install the wheel and tire assembly, snugging the lug nuts by hand, then lower the vehicle. Tighten the wheel lug nuts to 80-105 ft. lbs. (108-142 Nm). Fill the transaxle to the proper level with the specified fluid.
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Fig. After the vehicle is lowered, tighten the lug nuts to 80-105 ft. lbs. (108-142 Nm)

 
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