Continental 2000-2002

Maintenance Intervals

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SCHEDULED MAINTENANCE INTERVALS
Lincoln Continental
To be servicedType of serviceVehicle mileage interval (x1000)
    5101520253035404550556065707580859095100
Engine oil & filterRXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
Rotate tiresS/IX   X   X   X   X   X   X   X   X   X  
Engine coolant protection, hoses & clampsS/I     X     X     X     X     X     X    
Passenger compartment air filterR     X     X     X     X     X     X    
Air cleaner filterR           X           X           X    
Automatic transaxle fluid & filterR           X           X           X    
Brake lines & connectionsS/I           X           X           X    
Exhaust heat shieldsS/I           X           X           X    
Front and rear disc brake pads & rotorsS/I           X           X           X    
Accessory drive belt(s)S/I                       X                
Engine coolant -R                   X           X        
Spark plugsR                                       X
PCV valveR                       X                
1- Engine coolant - change initially at 50,000 miles & thereafter every 30,000 miles.
2R - Replace S/I - Service and Inspect
3FREQUENT OPERATION MAINTENANCE (SEVERE SERVICE)
4- 50% or more of the vehicle operation is in 32C (90F) or higher temperatures, or constant operation in temperatures below 0C (32F).

WARNING
On vehicles equipped with air suspension, the electrical power supply to the air suspension system must be shut off before jacking the vehicle. This can be accomplished by disconnecting the battery or turning off the power switch located in the luggage compartment, usually on the LH side (Continental and Mark). The suspension switch is located on the right side of the trunk in Town Cars. Failure to do so may result in unexpected inflation or deflation of the air springs that may result in shifting of the vehicle during these operations.

The following safety points cannot be overemphasized:



Always block the opposite wheels or wheels to keep the vehicle from rolling off the jack.
 
When raising the front of the vehicle, firmly apply the parking brake.
 
When the drive wheels are to remain on the ground, leave the vehicle in park to help prevent it from rolling.
 


CAUTION
Never use cinder blocks or stacks of wood to support the vehicle, even if you're only going to be under it for a few minutes. Never crawl under the vehicle when it is supported only by the tire-changing jack or other floor jack.



Always use jackstands to support the vehicle when you are working underneath. Place the stands beneath the vehicle's jacking brackets. Before climbing underneath, rock the vehicle a bit to make sure it is firmly supported.
 

Small hydraulic (bottle jack), screw or scissors jacks are satisfactory for raising the vehicle. Drive-on trestles or ramps are also a handy and safe way to both raise and support the vehicle. Be careful though, some ramps may be too steep to drive your vehicle onto without scraping the front bottom panels.



Never place the jack under the radiator, engine or transmission components, severe and extensive damage will result when he jack is raised- Additionally, never jack under the floorpan or bodywork..
 



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Fig. Manufacturer Recommended Severe Maintenance Intervals



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Introduction



Proper maintenance and tune-up is the key to long and trouble-free vehicle life, and the work can yield its own rewards. Studies have shown that a properly tuned and maintained vehicle can achieve better gas mileage than an out-of-tune vehicle. As a conscientious owner and driver, set aside a Saturday morning, say once a month, to check or replace items that could cause major problems later. Keep your own personal log to jot down which services you performed, how much the parts cost you, the date, and the exact odometer reading at the time. Keep all receipts for such items as engine oil and filters, so that they may be referred to in case of related problems or to determine operating expenses. As a do-it-yourselfer, these receipts are the only proof you have that the required maintenance was performed. In case of a warranty problem, these receipts could be invaluable.

The literature provided with your vehicle when it was originally delivered includes the factory recommended maintenance schedule. If you no longer have this literature, replacement copies are usually available from the dealer. A maintenance schedule is provided later in this section, in case you do not have the factory literature.



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