Continental 2000-2002

Coil Springs

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Removal & Installation



  1. Raise and safely support the vehicle. Place jack stands under the frame side rails.
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  3. Support the rear axle housing.
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  5. Remove the rear stabilizer bar, if equipped.
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  7. Disconnect the lower studs of both rear shock absorbers from the mounting brackets on the axle tube.
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  9. Unsnap the right parking brake cable from the right upper arm retainer before lowering the axle.
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  11. Lower the axle housing until the coil springs are released. Remove the springs and insulators.
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Fig. Support the rear axle housing with an adjustable hoist



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Fig. Remove the nut and slide the bolt out of the lower mounting ear



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Fig. Lower the hoist until the spring pressure is completely relieved



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Fig. Remove the spring from its seat on the rear axle. Save and reuse any coil spring covers or noise insulators



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Fig. Do not be fooled by the unsprung length of a new spring. The new spring is shorter, it is a heavier duty design. It will not compress as much as the old spring and the car rides higher in the rear

To install:

  1. Position the spring in the upper and lower seats with an insulator between the upper end of the spring and frame seat.
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  3. Raise the axle and connect the shock absorbers to the mounting brackets. Install new retaining nuts and tighten to 56-76 ft. lbs. (77-103 Nm).
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  5. Snap the right parking cable into the upper arm retainer. Install the stabilizer bar, if equipped.
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  7. Remove the support from the rear axle housing and lower the vehicle.
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