Ford Contour/Mystique/Cougar 1995-1999 Repair Guide

Power Steering Pump/Rack and Pinion



The power steering reservoir is located on the passenger side of the engine compartment behind the strut tower.

Fill the power steering pump reservoir with a good quality power steering fluid or Mercon Type Automatic Transmission Fluid.


See Figures 1, 2 and 3

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Fig. Fig. 1: The fluid level should be between the MAX and MIN lines on the reservoir

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Fig. Fig. 2: Unscrew the power steering reservoir cap and ...

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Fig. Fig. 3: ... carefully pour the fluid directly into the power steering reservoir, making sure you do not overfill it

Position the vehicle on level ground. Run the engine until the fluid is at normal operating temperature. Turn the steering wheel all the way to the left and right several times. Position the wheels in the straight ahead position, then shut off the engine. Check the level in the reservoir; it should be at the FULL mark. If fluid is required, remove the cap and add fluid until it reaches the FULL mark.

Do not over fill the power steering fluid reservoir, overfilling can cause foaming of the fluid and a reduction in lubrication ability of the fluid. This could lead to wear of the components and expensive repairs.