626 1999-2001

Removal & Installation


Specific to:

Mazda 626 1999-2002

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
  3. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Negative battery cable
    Front wheels
    Cotter pins and nuts from both steering tie rod ends

  5. Press the tie rod out from the knuckle arm.

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    Fig. Exploded view of the power steering gear assembly-626

  7. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Transverse member
    Front exhaust pipe on 2.5L (KL) engines

  9. Support the engine assembly with a engine support assembly such as 49 E017 5A0.

    Number 1 engine mount
    Pressure line and return pipe from the steering gear
    Intermediate shaft to steering gear pinion shaft bolt. Mark the shaft-to-gear location.
    Shaft from the steering gear
    Steering gear mounting nuts
    Steering gear from the right of the vehicle


To install:

  1. Install or connect the following:

    Steering gear to the vehicle. Torque the nuts/bolts in sequence to 28-38 ft. lbs. (37-52 Nm).

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    Fig. Tighten the power steering gear assembly bracket retainers in this sequence-626

    Steering shaft to the steering gear pinion shaft, align the marks made during removal and tighten the bolt to 19 ft. lbs. (26 Nm)
    Pressure line and return hose to the steering gear
    Number 1 engine mount and remove the engine support
    Front exhaust pipe on 2.5L (KL) engines
    Transverse member
    Tie rod ends to the knuckle arm. Torque the nuts to 24-32 ft. lbs. (32-44 Nm).
    New cotter pins and check the power steering fluid level
    Negative battery cable

  3. Check and/or adjust the front end alignment.