Mazda Tribute 2001-06

Removal & Installation

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Fig. View of steering gear components

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
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  3. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
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  5. With the vehicle in NEUTRAL, position it on a hoist.
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  7. On vehicles with the 3.0L engine, remove the EGR valve.
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  9. On all vehicles, remove the transaxle rear support insulator and bracket.
    NOTE
    When installing, do not loosen the tie-rod end nut to align the slot in the nut with the tie-rod end stud through-hole. If necessary, continue to tighten the tie-rod end nut until the slot in the nut aligns with the tie-rod end stud through-hole.

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  11. Remove the 2 outer tie-rod end cotter pins and the 2 tie-rod end nuts.
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  13. Using the special tool 211-105, separate the tie-rod end from the knuckle.
    CAUTION
    Do not allow the steering wheel to rotate while the intermediate shaft is disconnected or damage to the clockspring can result. If there is evidence that the shaft has rotated, the clockspring must be removed and recentered.

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  15. Hold the steering wheel in a straight-ahead position using a suitable tool.
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  17. Remove the nuts and the steering column boot.
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  19. Remove the steering column coupling-to-steering gear pinch bolt.
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  21. Remove the steering gear-to-fluid cooler return hose bracket-to-subframe bolt.
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  23. Remove the power steering pressure line bracket-to-steering gear bolt.
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  25. Remove the steering gear-to-fluid return hose bracket-to-steering gear stud.
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  27. Remove the power steering line clamp plate bolt.
    NOTE
    Install a new high pressure hose O-ring seal and a new return hose O-ring seal.

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  29. Remove the power steering pressure and return lines.
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  31. Remove the 2 steering gear mounting bolts.
    NOTE
    Remove the steering gear from the RH side of the vehicle.

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  33. Remove the steering gear.
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  35. To install, reverse removal procedure. Torque all fasteners to specification.
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  37. Fill the power steering system.
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  39. Check and, if necessary, align the front end.
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