Continental 2000-2002

Removal & Installation

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WARNING
This procedure requires the use of specialized diagnostic tools to prove out the Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) components. Do not attempt this procedure if you do not have the proper tools.


NOTE
Make sure the front wheels are in the straight-ahead position.

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable and wait at least one minute to allow for the depletion of the Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) backup power supply. Be sure to disconnect auxiliary batteries and power supplies (if equipped).
    CAUTION
    To avoid the risk of serious personal injury, read and follow all warnings, cautions, notes and instructions in the supplemental restraint system deactivation procedure.

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  3. Disarm the Supplemental Restraint System, as outlined in Chassis Electrical
    CAUTION
    To avoid the risk of serious personal injury, read and follow all warnings, cautions, notes and instructions in the driver air bag removal and installation procedure.

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  5. Remove the driver air bag module, as follows:
    1. Prepare the vehicle for driver air bag module removal.
      CAUTION
      To avoid accidental deployment and possible personal injury, the backup power supply must be depleted before repairing or replacing any front or side air bag supplemental restraint system (SRS) components and before servicing, replacing, adjusting or striking components near the front or side air bag sensors, such as doors, instrument panel, console, door latches, strikers, seats and hood latches. The side air bag sensors are located at or near the base of the B-pillar.

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    3. Remove the two steering wheel back cover plugs.
    4.  
    5. Remove the two driver air bag module retaining bolts.
    6.  
    7. Disconnect the driver air bag module electrical connector.
    8.  
    9. Disconnect the horn switch electrical connector.
    10.  
    11. Remove the driver air bag module.

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      Fig. Detach the driver air bag electrical connector (1), horn switch connector (2), then remove the driver side air bag module

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    13. Remove the restraint system diagnostic tool from the vehicle harness side of the clockspring electrical connector at the base of the steering column.

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      Fig. Remove the restraint system diagnostic tool from the vehicle harness side of the clockspring electrical connector at the base of the steering column

    14.  
    15. Connect the clockspring electrical connector at the base of the steering column.
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    17. Attach Diagnostic Tool, Restraint System (4 Req'd) 418-F088 (105-R0012), or equivalent to the clockspring electrical connector at the top of the steering column.

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      Fig. Attach Diagnostic Tool, Restraint System (4 Req'd) 418-F088 (105-R0012), or equivalent to the clockspring electrical connector at the top of the steering column.

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    19. Connect the negative battery cable.
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    21. With the restraint system diagnostic tools installed at all deployable devices, prove out the Supplemental Restraint System (SRS). Turn the ignition switch from the OFF to the RUN position and visually monitor the air bag indicator with the air bag modules or restraint system diagnostic tools installed. The air bag indicator will light continuously for approximately six seconds and then turn off. If an air bag SRS fault is present, the air bag indicator will either: fail to light, remain lit continuously or flash. The flashing might not occur until approximately 30 seconds after the ignition switch has been turned from the OFF to the RUN position. This is the time required for the Restraints Control Module (RCM) to complete the testing of the SRS. If the air bag indicator is inoperative and an SRS fault exists, a chime will sound in a pattern of five sets of five beeps. If this occurs, the air bag indicator will need to be repaired before diagnosis can continue.
    22.  
    23. Disconnect the battery ground cable and wait at least one minute.
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  7. Disconnect the speed control electrical connector.
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  9. Remove the steering wheel retaining bolt.
    WARNING
    To prevent damage, make sure the clockspring wire harness does not get caught on the steering wheel when lifting off.

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  11. Install the Steering Wheel Puller and remove the steering wheel. Route the clockspring wire harness through the steering wheel.

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    Fig. Install the Steering Wheel Puller and remove the steering wheel. Route the clockspring wire harness through the steering wheel

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To install:

  1. Install the steering wheel and the bolt. Torque the bolt to 30 ft. lbs. (40 Nm).
  2.  
  3. Connect the speed control electrical connector.
    WARNING
    To avoid the risk of serious personal injury, read and follow all warnings, cautions, notes and instructions in the driver air bag removal and installation procedure.

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  5. Install the driver air bag, as follows:
    1. Remove the restraint system diagnostic tool from the clockspring electrical connector at the top of the steering column.
    2.  
    3. Connect and position the driver air bag module to the steering wheel.
    4.  
    5. Connect the horn switch electrical connector.
    6.  
    7. Connect the driver air bag module electrical connector.
    8.  
    9. Position the driver air bag module to the steering wheel.
    10.  
    11. Install the two driver air bag module bolts.
    12.  
    13. Install the two steering wheel back cover plugs.
    14.  
    15. Connect the negative battery cable.
    16.  
    17. With the restraint system diagnostic tools installed at all deployable devices, prove out the Supplemental Restraint System (SRS). Turn the ignition switch from the OFF to the RUN position and visually monitor the air bag indicator with the air bag modules or restraint system diagnostic tools installed. The air bag indicator will light continuously for approximately six seconds and then turn off. If an air bag SRS fault is present, the air bag indicator will either: fail to light, remain lit continuously or flash. The flashing might not occur until approximately 30 seconds after the ignition switch has been turned from the OFF to the RUN position. This is the time required for the Restraints Control Module (RCM) to complete the testing of the SRS. If the air bag indicator is inoperative and an SRS fault exists, a chime will sound in a pattern of five sets of five beeps. If this occurs, the air bag indicator will need to be repaired before diagnosis can continue.
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    19. Disconnect the battery ground cable and wait at least one minute.
      CAUTION
      The restraint system diagnostic tool is for restraint system service only. Remove from the vehicle prior to road use. Failure to remove could result in injury and possible violation of vehicle safety standards.

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    21. With all the restraint system diagnostic tools removed, prove out the supplemental restraint system (SRS). Turn the ignition switch from the OFF to the RUN position and visually monitor the air bag indicator with the air bag modules or restraint system diagnostic tools installed. The air bag indicator will light continuously for approximately six seconds and then turn off. If an air bag SRS fault is present, the air bag indicator will either: fail to light, remain lit continuously or flash. The flashing might not occur until approximately 30 seconds after the ignition switch has been turned from the OFF to the RUN position. This is the time required for the Restraints Control Module (RCM) to complete the testing of the SRS. If the air bag indicator is inoperative and an SRS fault exists, a chime will sound in a pattern of five sets of five beeps. If this occurs, the air bag indicator will need to be repaired before diagnosis can continue.
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  7. Rearm the Supplemental Restraint System (SRS), as outlined in Chassis Electrical.  
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CAUTION
The air bag system must be disarmed, before working on the system. Failure to do so may result in deployment of the air bag and possible personal injury.

  1. Center the front wheels in the straight-ahead position.
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  3. Properly disarm the air bag system; see the procedure in Section 6.
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  5. Remove the 4 air bag module retaining nuts and lift the module off the steering wheel. Disconnect the air bag wire harness from the air bag module and remove the module from the steering wheel.
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CAUTION
When carrying a live air bag, make sure the bag and trim cover are pointed away from the body. In the unlikely event of an accidental deployment, the bag will then deploy with minimal chance of injury. When placing a live air bag on a bench or other surface, always face the bag and trim cover up, away from the surface. This will reduce the motion of the module if it is accidentally deployed.

  1. Disconnect the cruise control wire harness from the steering wheel, if equipped.
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  3. Remove and discard the steering wheel bolt. Remove the steering wheel using a suitable puller. Route the contact assembly wire harness through the steering wheel as the wheel is lifted off the shaft.
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NOTE
Do not use a knock-off type steering wheel puller or strike the retaining bolt with a hammer. This could cause damage to the steering shaft bearing.

To install:

  1. Make sure the front wheels are in the straight-ahead position.
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  3. Route the contact assembly wire harness through the steering wheel opening at the 3 o'clock position and install the steering wheel on the steering shaft. The steering wheel and shaft alignment marks should be aligned. Make sure the air bag contact wire is not pinched.
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  5. Install a new steering wheel retaining bolt and tighten to 23-33 ft. lbs. (31-45 Nm).
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  7. Connect the cruise control wire harness to the wheel and snap the connector assembly into the steering wheel clip. Make sure the wiring is not trapped between the steering wheel and contact assembly.
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  9. Connect the air bag wire harness to the air bag module and install the module to the steering wheel. Tighten the module retaining nuts to 24-32 inch lbs. (2.7-3.7 Nm).
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  11. Enable the air bag system according to the procedure in Section 6.
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Fig. Removing the air bag module from the steering wheel



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Fig. Removing the steering wheel using a puller

 
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