See Figures 1 and 2
Rack and pinion steering in either manual or power versions gives your car more precise steering control. The manual rack and pinion gear is smaller and about 7 1 / 2 pounds lighter than that in any other Ford or Mercury small cars. The increased use of aluminum and the use of a one-piece valve sleeve make this weight reduction possible.
Lightweight, sturdy bushings are used to mount the steering rack. These are long lasting and lend to quieter gear operation. The steering also features lifetime lubricated outer tie rod ends, eliminating the need for scheduled maintenance.
The power steering gear shares a common body mounting system with the manual gear. The power steering pump is of a smaller displacement than most pumps. It requires less power to operate and has streamlined inner porting to provide more efficient fluid flow characteristics.
The steering column geometry uses a double universal joint shaft system and separate column support brackets for improved energy absorbing capabilities.