Continental 2000-2002

Brake Pads

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Removal & Installation




CAUTION
The air suspension switch, located in the left side of the luggage compartment, must be turned OFF before raising the vehicle. Failure to do so may result in unexpected inflation or deflation of the air springs that may result in shifting of the vehicle during service.

  1. Remove the master cylinder reservoir cap and check the fluid level in the reservoir. Remove brake fluid until the reservoir is 1 / 2 full. Discard the removed fluid.
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  3. Turn the air suspension switch, located in the left side of the luggage compartment, to the OFF position.
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  5. Remove the wheel and tire assembly.
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  7. Remove the screw retaining the brake hose bracket to the frame side rail.
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  9. Remove the retaining clip from the parking brake cable at the disc brake caliper. Remove the cable end from the parking brake lever.
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  11. Remove the upper disc brake caliper locating pin at the support bracket. Rotate the caliper away from the rotor.
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  13. Remove the disc brake pads.
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  15. Inspect the rotor braking surfaces for scoring and machine as necessary.
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To install:

  1. Using Rear Caliper Piston Adjuster T87P-2588-A, rotate the piston clockwise until it is fully seated. Make sure one of the slots in the piston face is positioned so it will engage the nib on the brake pad.
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  3. Install the brake pads in the support bracket. Rotate the caliper assembly over the rotor into position on the support bracket. Make sure the brake pads are installed correctly.
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  5. Remove the residue from the rear brake pin retainer bolt threads and apply 1 drop of a suitable threadlock sealer. Install and torque the disc brake caliper locating pin to 23-26 ft. lbs. (31-35 Nm).
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  7. Attach the cable end to the parking brake lever. Install the cable retaining clip on the caliper assembly. Position the brake flex hose and bracket assembly to the side rail, and install the retaining screw. Torque to 11 ft. lbs. (16 Nm).
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  9. Install the wheel and tire assembly and torque lug nuts to 85-104 ft. lbs. (115-142 Nm).
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  11. Pump the brake pedal several times prior to moving the vehicle, to position the brake pads to the rotor.
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  13. Refill the master cylinder reservoir if necessary, using only clean DOT 3 brake fluid from a closed container.
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  15. Turn the air suspension service switch to the ON position.
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  17. Road test the vehicle and check the brake system for proper operation.
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  1. Turn the air suspension service off.
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  3. Raise and safely support the rear of the vehicle securely on jackstands.
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  5. Remove the wheel and tire assembly.
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  7. Remove the bolt retaining rear brake hose support bracket, where necessary.
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  9. Remove the retaining clip from the parking brake rear cable an conduit at the rear disc brake caliper.
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  11. Remove the cable end from the parking brake lever.
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Fig. Pull the caliper out of the support bracket and support it. Notice the brake pads stay in the support bracket, they are not attached to the caliper



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Fig. This is the rear caliper with the parking brake cable ready to be unhooked

  1. Remove the upper disc brake caliper-locating pin.
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  3. Remove the lower disc brake caliper-locating pin.
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Fig. Removing the upper disc caliper locating pin, using an open end and a box end wrench



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Fig. Removing the lower disc caliper locating pin, This application used a 10 mm box wrench and a 15 mm open end wrench

  1. Rotate the rear disc brake caliper away from the rear disc brake rotor.
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  3. Remove the inner and outer rear brake shoe and lining assemblies from the rear disc support bracket.
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Fig. With the brake caliper removed, you can see the way the brake pads are mounted in the support bracket



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Fig. Replacing the brake pads, is a good time to service the caliper pins. Use a brake grease compound with a silicone base to lube the pins



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Fig. The parking brake is built into the rear caliper requiring a special tool for brake installation, the piston has to be twisted into the boot



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Fig. To collapse the piston back into the caliper, align the two pins in the special tool to the piston's two slots and screw it back in slowly, while applying an inward pressure to the piston



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Fig. When the piston is pushed into the piston and seated, be sure the piston's slots are at 6 and 12 o'clock. There are two tabs on the back of the pad that seat in the slots


NOTE
Unless the tabs on the back of the brake pads are seated in the slots of the piston, and the piston seated in the caliper, the brake pads and the caliper will not fit into the disc support bracket.

To install:

  1. Make sure that one of the two slots in the piston face is positioned so it will engage the nib on the brake shoe.
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  3. Using the rear caliper piston adjuster rotate the piston clockwise while applying pressure inward, until it is fully seated.
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  5. Install the inner and outer rear brake shoe and lining assemblies in the rear disc support bracket.
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  7. Rotate the rear disc brake caliper over the rear disc brake rotor into position on the rear disc support bracket. Make sure that the rear brake shoe and lining assemblies are installed correctly.
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  9. Remove any residue from the rear brake pin retainer bolt threads and apply one drop of a thread sealer. Install the disc brake caliper locating pin and tighten .
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  11. Attach the cable end to the parking brake lever. Install the cable retaining clip on the rear disc brake caliper.
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  13. Position the rear wheel brake hose to the side rail and install the retaining bolt.
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  15. Install the wheel and tire assembly.
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  17. Lower the vehicle and turn the air suspension on.
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