Mazda 323/MX-3/626/MX-6/Millenia/Protégé 1990-1998 and Ford Probe 1993-1997

Manual Steering Gear and Linkage

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



See Figure 1


CAUTION
Some models covered by this information may be equipped with a Supplemental Restraint System (SRS), which uses an air bag. Whenever working near any of the SRS components, such as the impact sensors, the air bag module, steering column and instrument panel, disable the SRS, as described in Chassis Electrical .

  1. Raise and safely support the vehicle. Disconnect the negative battery cable and remove the front wheels.
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  3. Remove the cotter pins from both steering tie rod ends and remove the nuts.
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  5. Use Mazda special tie rod press tool 49 0118 850C or equivalent and press the tie rod out of the knuckle arm.
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Fig. Fig. 1: Exploded view of the manual steering gear assembly

  1. Remove the set plate from the firewall.
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  3. Remove the fixing bolt from the steering shaft to steering gear pinion shaft and separate the shaft from the steering gear.
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  5. Remove the steering gear mounting nuts and remove the steering gear to the right of the vehicle.
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To install:
  1. Install the steering gear to the vehicle and install the mounting nuts in the order shown. Tighten the nuts to 28-38 ft. lbs. (37-52Nm).
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  3. Connect the steering shaft to the steering gear pinion shaft. Tighten the bolt/nut to 13-20 ft. lbs. (18-27Nm).
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  5. Install the set plate to the firewall.
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  7. Install the tie rod ends to the knuckle arm and tighten the nuts to 31-42 ft. lbs. (42-57Nm). Install the cotter pins.
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  9. Install the wheels to the vehicle, lower the vehicle and connect the negative battery cable. Check the front end alignment.
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