Continental 2000-2002

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Removal & Installation



Front Cable
  1. If equipped with air suspension, the air suspension switch, located on the right-hand side of the luggage compartment, must be turned to the OFF position before raising the vehicle.
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  3. Fully release the parking brake.
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  5. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
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  7. Release the cable tension as follows:
    1. Remove the rear cable from the black plastic cable retainer under the floorpan by unsnapping and pulling out the rear cable and conduit.
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    3. Removal of cable tension requires 2 people to disengage and reload the tensioner. One person is to unlock the tensioner by pulling downward on the clip. When the clip is disengaged, the second person is to apply the parking brake control fully to the last notch. The tensioner spring will compress allowing the cable slack to return.
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    5. Lock the tensioner by pushing up on the clip. Make sure the locking lever is secure by rotating it toward the threaded rod. Wrap tape or wire around the locking lever and threaded rod to prevent accidental release.
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  9. Detach the front parking brake cable from the left-hand rear cable at the cable connector located along the left side frame rail.
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  11. Use a 13mm box-end wrench or equivalent, to depress the retaining tabs and remove the conduit retainer from the frame. Remove the screw holding the plastic inner fender apron to the frame.
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  13. Pull back the fender apron to expose the front brake cable and conduit.
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  15. Pull the cable through the frame and let it hang in the wheel housing.
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  17. Lower the vehicle.
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  19. Inside the passenger compartment, remove the sound deadener cover from the cable at the dash panel.
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  21. Disconnect the brake cable from the parking brake control at the clevis.
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  23. Using a 13mm box-end wrench or equivalent, depress the retaining tabs and remove the conduit from the control assembly.
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  25. Push the cable down through the dash panel and remove cable from inside the wheel housing.
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To install:

  1. Start the front parking brake cable through the opening in the dash panel inside the passenger compartment.
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  3. Reconnect the end of the cable to the parking brake control clevis.
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  5. Snap the conduit into the parking brake control.
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  7. Install the sound deadener cover at the dash panel.
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  9. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
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  11. Insert the cable through the frame member toward the rear of the vehicle. Press the tabbed conduit retainer into the frame hole.
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  13. Reattach the front cable to the rear cable connector.
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  15. Set the initial tensioner adjustment as follows:
    1. Remove the tape or wire wrapped around the locking lever during the tensioner release procedure.
    2.  
    3. Grasp the tensioner around the housing, then using a hook-type tool, unlock the tensioner clip by pulling downward with the tool. The tensioner spring will take up the slack in the front parking brake cable and preload the parking brake cable assembly.
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    5. While holding the tensioner, lock the clip by pushing up on the bottom of the clip. If the clip does not slide up, move the assembly slightly to align the closest groove on adjuster rod to the clip.
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    7. Apply 125 lbs. (170 N) of force to the parking brake control. Release the parking brake control. Repeat application and release twice.
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    9. Repeat the initial tensioner adjustment procedure again to take up any additional slack.
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    11. Snap the retainer shut.
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  17. Lower the vehicle.
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  19. If equipped with air suspension, turn the air suspension switch to the ON position.
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  21. Check for proper parking brake operation.
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  23. Adjust the parking brake cable as necessary.
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Rear Cable
  1. If equipped with air suspension, the air suspension switch, located on the right-hand side of the luggage compartment, must be turned to the OFF position before raising the vehicle.
  2.  
  3. Fully release the parking brake.
  4.  
  5. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
  6.  
  7. Release the parking brake cable tension as follows:
    1. Remove the rear cable from the black plastic cable retainer under the floorpan by unsnapping and pulling out the rear cable and conduit.
    2.  
    3. Removal of cable tension requires 2 people to disengage and reload the tensioner. One person is to unlock the tensioner by pulling downward on the clip. When the clip is disengaged, the second person is to apply the parking brake control fully to the last notch. The tensioner spring will compress allowing the cable slack to return.
    4.  
    5. Lock the tensioner by pushing up on the clip. Make sure the locking lever is secure by rotating it toward the threaded rod. Wrap tape or wire around the locking lever and threaded rod to prevent accidental release.
    6.  

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  9. Detach the front parking brake cable from the rear parking brake cable at the connector.
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  11. Disconnect the parking brake cable retainer at the frame.
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  13. Detach the left-hand cable from the right-hand cable at the connector.
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  15. Release the rear parking brake cable right-hand tabbed conduit retainer from the frame, using a 13mm box-end wrench, or equivalent.
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  17. Remove the right-hand cable tie-strap from the stabilizer bar, wire retainer on the left-hand axle bracket and disconnect the rear cable from the retainer on the right-hand axle housing by removing the bolt and retainer.
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  19. Remove the cable retaining E-clip and cable eyelet from the rear parking brake cable. Pull the rear parking brake cable and conduit out of the rear disc brake caliper adapter mounting boss.
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  21. Remove the rear parking brake cables and their conduits from the vehicle.
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To install:

  1. Insert the cable and conduit through the mounting boss on the rear disc brake caliper and connect it to the parking brake lever.
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  3. Pull the rear parking brake cable through the mounting boss and install the retaining clip.
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  5. Attach the right-hand rear parking brake cable to the retaining clip. Press the tabbed retainer into the crossmember hole until it is locked into position.
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  7. Route the left-hand parking brake cable to go under the right-hand cable between the stabilizer bar stud and shock absorber. Reconnect the right-hand cable end to the connector assembly (part of the left-hand parking brake rear cable and conduit).
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  9. Attach a new tie-down strap on the right-hand cable to the rear stabilizer bar.
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  11. Reconnect the rear parking brake cable and conduit connector to the front parking brake cable.
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  13. Set the initial tensioner adjustment as follows:
    1. Remove the tape or wire wrapped around the locking lever during the tensioner release procedure.
    2.  
    3. Grasp the tensioner around the housing, then using a hook-type tool, unlock the tensioner clip by pulling downward with the tool. The tensioner spring will take up the slack in the front parking brake cable and preload the parking brake cable assembly.
    4.  
    5. While holding the tensioner, lock the clip by pushing up on the bottom of the clip. If the clip does not slide up, move the assembly slightly to align the closest groove on adjuster rod to the clip.
    6.  
    7. Apply 125-lbs. (170 N) of force to the parking brake control. Release the parking brake control. Repeat application and release twice.
    8.  
    9. Repeat the initial tensioner adjustment procedure again to take up any additional slack.
    10.  
    11. Snap the retainer shut.
    12.  

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  15. Lower the vehicle.
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  17. If equipped with air suspension, turn the air suspension switch to the ON position.
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  19. Check for proper parking brake operation.
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  21. Adjust the parking brake cable as necessary.
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