2006 Mercury Montego

Removal & Installation

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Fig. Exploded view of the rack and pinion steering gear mounting on the front subframe of the vehicle


WARNING
Do not allow the steering wheel to rotate when the intermediate shaft is being disconnected, or damage to the clockspring can result. If it is suspected that the shaft has rotated, the clockspring must be removed and re-centered.

  1. Place the steering wheel in the straight ahead position and remove the ignition key.
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  3. Raise the vehicle on a hoist.
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  5. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Front wheels
     
    Tie rod end cotter pins and castle nuts
     
    Tie rod ends from the knuckles
     
    Power steering line clamp plate bolt
     

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  7. Place a drain pan under the vehicle and disconnect the power steering lines.
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  9. Release the steering shaft intermediate boot bearing clamp and release the boot from the shaft.
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  11. Retain the bearing boot clamp in the open position.
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  13. Remove the pinch bolt retaining the steering column intermediate shaft coupling.
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  15. Remove the steering gear mounting nuts and bolts.
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  17. Remove the steering gear through the left side of the vehicle. driver-s side of the vehicle.
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To install:

  1. Install new O-rings on the power steering line fittings.
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  3. Place the steering gear in the vehicle through the left side.
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  5. Tighten the steering gear mounting bolts and nuts to 86 ft. lbs. (117 Nm).
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  7. Install the pinch bolt retaining the steering column intermediate shaft coupling and tighten to 18 ft. lbs. (25 Nm).
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  9. Position the bearing boot in the retention groove so the outer bearing race is not exposed from the groove.
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  11. Install boot bearing clamp and ensure the end tabs do not contact the boot.
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  13. Using new o-rings, install the power steering lines.
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  15. Install the power steering line clamp plate bolt and tighten to 15 ft. lbs. (20 Nm).
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  17. Connect the tie rods.
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  19. Install the tie rod end nuts and tighten to 66 ft. lbs. (90 Nm).
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  21. Install the front wheels.
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  23. Lower the vehicle.
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  25. Fill the power steering oil reservoir.
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  27. Start the vehicle and check for leaks.
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  29. Check for proper wheel alignment and steering wheel position.
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