Continental 2000-2002

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Brake, Signal & Marker Lights



Removal & Installation
High-Mount Brake Light


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Fig. This is the finish panel that covers the high-mount brake light assembly. It is a removable housing



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Fig. This panel slides off. Other panels may be held in place by a couple of retaining screws. There are two retaining clips that slid onto the ears of the housing and hold it in place



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Fig. Once the panel is removed, the rear of the sockets are visible in the housing



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Fig. Give the sockets a quarter twist . . .



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Fig. . . . to extract them from the housing. The bulbs pull straight out

License Plate Lights
  1. Remove the socket from the lamp. Remove the old bulb.
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To install:

  1. Install the new bulb into the socket. Install the socket into the lamp.
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Fig. This is the location of the license plate lamps



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Fig. Remove the three screws to gain access to the bulbs. The bulbs pull straight out

Rear Turn Signal, Brake & Parking Lights
  1. Open the trunk and remove the luggage compartment trim.
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  3. Remove the eight nuts retaining the reflector to lower back of luggage compartment
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  5. Remove the rear panel reflector assembly from the vehicle.
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To install:

  1. Installation is the reversal of the removal procedure.
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Fig. Pull the trunk trim away from the lamp housing assembly



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Fig. Twist the socket assembly and remove it from the housing

Side Marker Lights


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Fig. Simply pull this side marker light bulb straight from its socket

  1. Disengage the bulb and socket assembly from the lens housing.
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  3. Gently grasp the light bulb and pull it straight out of the socket.
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To install:

  1. Before installing the light bulb into the socket, ensure that all electrical contact surfaces are free of corrosion or dirt.
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  3. Line up the base of the light bulb with the socket, then insert the light bulb into the socket until it is fully seated.
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  5. To ensure that the replacement bulb functions properly, activate the applicable switch to illuminate the bulb which was just replaced. If the replacement light bulb does not illuminate, either it too is faulty or there is a problem in the bulb circuit or switch. Correct as necessary.
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  7. Install the socket and bulb assembly into the lens housing.
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Turn Signal & Brake Lights


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Fig. Depress and twist this type of bulb counterclockwise, then pull the bulb straight from its socket

  1. Depending on the vehicle and bulb application, either unscrew and remove the lens or disengage the bulb and socket assembly from the rear of the lens housing.
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  3. To remove a light bulb with retaining pins from its socket, grasp the bulb, then gently depress and twist it 1/8 turn counterclockwise, and pull it from the socket.
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To install:

  1. Before installing a light bulb into the socket, ensure that all electrical contact surfaces are free of corrosion or dirt.
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NOTE
Before installing the light bulb, note the positions of the two retaining pins on the bulb. They will likely be at different heights on the bulb, to ensure that the bulb is installed correctly. If, when installing the bulb, it does not turn easily, do not force it. Remove the bulb and rotate it 180 degrees from its former position, then reinsert it into the bulb socket.

  1. Insert the light bulb into the socket and, while depressing the bulb, twist it 1/8 turn clockwise until the two pins on the light bulb are properly engaged in the socket.
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  3. To ensure that the replacement bulb functions properly, activate the applicable switch to illuminate the bulb which was just replaced. If the replacement light bulb does not illuminate, either it too is faulty or there is a problem in the bulb circuit or switch. Correct if necessary.
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  5. If applicable, install the socket and bulb assembly into the rear of the lens housing; otherwise, install the lens over the bulb.
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Fog/Driving Lights



Aiming
  1. Park the vehicle on level ground, so it is perpendicular to and, facing a flat wall about 25 ft. (7.6m) away.
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  3. Remove any stone shields, if equipped, and switch ON the lights.
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  5. Loosen the mounting hardware of the lights so you can aim them as follows:
    1. The horizontal distance between the light beams on the wall should be the same as between the lights themselves.
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    3. The vertical height of the light beams above the ground should be 4 in. (10cm) less than the distance between the ground and the center of the lamp lenses for fog lights. For driving lights, the vertical height should be even with the distance between the ground and the center of the lamp.
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  7. Tighten the mounting hardware.
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  9. Test to make sure the lights work correctly, and the light pattern is even.
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Fig. Light bulb application chart-1988-92 Mark VII.



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Fig. Light bulb application chart-1988-90 Town Car



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Fig. Light bulb application chart-1988-92 Continental



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Fig. Light bulb application chart-1991-92 Town Car



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Fig. Light bulb application chart-1993-00 Continental



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Fig. Light bulb application chart-1993-00 Town Car



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Fig. Light bulb application chart-1993-98 Mark VIII

Installing Aftermarket Auxiliary Lights

NOTE
Before installing any aftermarket light, make sure it is legal for road use. Most acceptable lights will have a DOT approval number. Also, check your local and regional inspection regulations. In certain areas, aftermarket lights must be installed in a particular manner or they may not be legal for inspection.

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
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  3. Unpack the contents of the light kit purchased. Place the contents in an open space where you can easily retrieve a piece if needed.
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  5. Choose a location for the lights. If you are installing fog lights, below the bumper and apart from each other is desirable. Most fog lights are mounted below or very close to the headlights. If you are installing driving lights, above the bumper and close together is desirable. Most driving lights are mounted between the headlights.
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  7. Drill the needed hole(s) to mount the light. Install the light, and secure using the supplied retainer nut and washer. Tighten the light mounting hardware, but not the light adjustment nut or bolt.
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  9. Install the relay that came with the light kit in the engine compartment, in a rigid area, such as a fender. Always install the relay with the terminals facing down. This will prevent water from entering the relay assembly.
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  11. Using the wire supplied, locate the ground terminal on the relay, and connect a length of wire from this terminal to a good ground source. You can drill a hole and screw this wire to an inside piece of metal; just scrape the paint away from the hole to ensure a good connection.
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  13. Locate the light terminal on the relay; and attach a length of wire between this terminal and the fog/driving lamps.
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  15. Locate the ignition terminal on the relay, and connect a length of wire between this terminal and the light switch.
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  17. Find a suitable mounting location for the light switch and install. Some examples of mounting areas are a location close to the main light switch, auxiliary light position in the dash panel, if equipped, or in the center of the dash panel.
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  19. Depending on local and regional regulations, the other end of the switch can be connected to a constant power source such as the battery, an ignition opening in the fuse panel, or a parking or headlight wire.
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  21. Locate the power terminal on the relay, and connect a wire with an in-line fuse of at least 10 amperes between the terminal and the battery.
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  23. With all the wires connected and tied up neatly, connect the negative battery cable.
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  25. Turn the lights ON and adjust the light pattern, if necessary.
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