Continental 2000-2002

Removal & Installation

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  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
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  3. Remove the stone shield.
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  5. Tag the pressure and return lines so they may be reassembled in their original positions.
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  7. Disconnect the pressure and return lines from the steering gear. Plug the lines and ports in the gear to prevent the entry of dirt.
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  9. Remove the clamp bolts retaining the flexible coupling to the steering gear.
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  11. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
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  13. Remove the nut from the sector shaft.
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  15. Remove the pitman arm from the sector shaft with pitman arm removal tool T64P-3590-F or equivalent. Remove the tool from the pitman arm.
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WARNING
Do not damage the seals and/or gear housing. Do not use a non-approved tool such as a pickle fork.

  1. Support the steering gear and remove the steering gear retaining bolts.
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  3. Work the gear free of the flex coupling and remove the gear.
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  5. If the flex coupling did not come off with the gear, lift it off the shaft.
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To install:

  1. Turn the steering wheel to the straight-ahead position.
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  3. Center the steering gear input shaft with the indexing flat facing downward on 1989-91 vehicles. On 1992-98 vehicles, center the steering gear input shaft with the centerline of the 2 indexing flats at 4 o'clock.
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  5. Slide the steering gear input shaft into the flex coupling and into place on the frame side rail. Install the retaining bolts and tighten to 50-65 ft. lbs. (68-88 Nm).
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  7. Make sure the wheels are in the straight-ahead position. Install the pitman arm on the sector shaft and install the lockwasher and nut. Tighten the nut to 233-250 ft. lbs. (316-338 Nm).
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  9. Move the flex coupling into place on the steering gear input shaft. Install the retaining bolt and tighten to 20-30 ft. lbs. (27-41 Nm).
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  11. Connect the pressure and return lines to the steering gear and tighten the lines. Fill the reservoir and turn the steering wheel from stop-to-stop to distribute the fluid. Check the fluid level and add fluid, if necessary.
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  13. Start the engine and turn the steering wheel from left to right.
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  15. Check for leaks.
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  17. Install the stone shield.
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Fig. During installation, position the steering gear input shaft as shown on 1992-98 vehicles

 
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