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Ford Contour/Mystique/Cougar 1995-1999
See Figures 1 through 4
FIG : Fig. 1: Disconnect the steering column shaft from the flexible coupling
FIG : Fig. 2: Disengage the flexible coupling from the steering gear pinion shaft
The front sub-frame must be removed in order to allow removal of the rack and pinion (steering gear).
Be sure that the lifting device and wood blocks are correctly positioned for safe removal of the sub-frame.
FIG : Fig. 3: Install alignment pins such as Sub-Frame Alignment Pin Set T94P-2100-AH into the sub-frame to ensure correct positioning
Whenever the vehicle sub-frame is removed or lowered, the wheel alignment should be checked.
FIG : Fig. 4: Power rack and pinion steering gear assembly component identification
a good way to do this is to unbolt the rack and let it drop down just a little to gain access to the hose
this is the only way,,,without stretching behind the engine and using a crows foot wrench with a long extension..you may also be able to remove the wheels and go through the fender well to gain access