Mercury

Mercury Repair Questions? Ask a Mechanic for Answers ASAP

Ask an Expert,
Get an Answer ASAP!

Mercury

How to access power steering hose at rack for replacement?

Customer Question
how to access power steering hose at rack for replacement?
Submitted: 7 years ago.Category: Mercury
Ask Your Own Mercury Question
Answered in 5 minutes by:
9/26/2010
Mercury Mechanic: Tim's Auto Repair, mechanic replied 7 years ago
Tim's Auto Repair
Category: Mercury
Satisfied Customers: 16,163
Experience: Have owned a repair shop for 25 yrs.
Verified

hi

this should help

please print

thanks

 

Ford Contour/Mystique/Cougar 1995-1999

Power Steering Rack and Pinion

  • REMOVAL & INSTALLATION

 

REMOVAL & INSTALLATION

 

See Figures 1 through 4

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2. Working inside the vehicle, remove the clamp plate bolt retaining the steering column shaft to the flexible coupling.



FIG : Fig. 1: Disconnect the steering column shaft from the flexible coupling

image

  1. Rotate the clamp plate to separate it from the shaft of the flexible coupling.
  2. Remove the floor seal being careful not to damage the sealing lip.
  3. Remove the pinch bolt securing the flexible coupling to the rack and pinion (steering gear) pinion shaft and remove the flexible coupling.

FIG : Fig. 2: Disengage the flexible coupling from the steering gear pinion shaft

image

  1. Remove as much of the power steering fluid as possible from the power steering auxiliary reservoir using a suction gun or similar method.
  2. Disconnect the power steering return hose from the power steering pump auxiliary reservoir.

The front sub-frame must be removed in order to allow removal of the rack and pinion (steering gear).

  1. If equipped with the 2.0L engine, remove the oil level dipstick and the exhaust manifold shield.
  2. If equipped with the 2.5L engine, remove the water pump pulley shield.
  3. Secure the radiator and fan shroud assembly to the radiator support using safety wire.
  4. Install an appropriate engine support device to the engine lifting eyes and support the engine/transaxle assembly.
  5. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
  6. Remove the catalytic converter.
  7. Remove the front wheel and tire assemblies.
  8. Separate the left and right sway bar links from the front sway bar.
  9. Separate the left and right outer tie rod ends from the steering knuckles. Discard the cotter pins.
  10. Remove the pinch bolts and separate the front suspension lower control arms from the steering knuckles at the ball joints.
  11. Remove the splash shield at the front of the sub-frame.
  12. If equipped with an automatic transaxle, remove the retaining through-bolts from the left and right front engine support insulators (engine mounts) to the sub-frame.
  13. If equipped with a manual transaxle, remove the through-bolt from the left front engine support insulator and remove the right front engine support insulator and mounting bracket.
  14. Disconnect the power steering oil cooler hoses at the right front of the sub-frame and drain the power steering system.
  15. Remove the A/C accumulator retaining screws from the front sub-frame.
  16. Remove the four bolts retaining the lower radiator supports to the front sub-frame. Rotate the radiator supports forward.
  17. Remove the two screws retaining the bumper cover braces to the left and right sides of the front sub-frame and rotate the cover braces forward.
  18. Position an appropriate lifting device and two wood blocks approximately 40 inches in length attached to the sub-frame to support the sub-frame for removal from the vehicle.

Be sure that the lifting device and wood blocks are correctly positioned for safe removal of the sub-frame.

  1. Remove the four sub-frame to body retaining bolts.
  2. Lower the sub-frame slightly and disconnect the power steering pressure and return hoses from the rack and pinion.
  3. Finish lowering the sub-frame.
  4. Remove the six bolts and the steering gear cover plate from the sub-frame.
  5. Disconnect the power steering pressure and return hose unions from the steering gear.
  6. Remove the two bolts retaining the steering gear to the sub-frame and remove the rack and pinion.


To install:

  1. If the rack and pinion (steering gear) is being replaced, remove the inner tie rods and boots from the old unit and install on the new one, if they are in good condition.
  2. Install new plastic seals on the power steering pressure and return line fittings as required.
  3. Reinstall the rack and pinion to the sub-frame and install the retaining bolts.
  4. Tighten the two rack and pinion retaining bolts to 101 ft. lbs. (137 Nm).
  5. Reconnect the power steering and return hose unions to the rack and pinion.
  6. Tighten the unions to 23 ft. lbs. (31 Nm).
  7. Reinstall the rack and pinion cover plate and install the six retaining bolts.
  8. Tighten the retaining bolts to 37 ft. lbs. (50 Nm).
  9. If lowered, raise and safely support the vehicle.
  10. If removed, position the front sub-frame onto the powertrain lift and raise.
  11. Reinstall the power steering pressure and return hoses to the rack and pinion.
  12. Position the front sub-frame to the body.
  13. Route the power steering hoses to their correct positions.
  14. Loosely install the four sub-frame to body bolts.
  15. Install Sub-Frame Alignment Pin Set T94P-2100-AH or equivalent, into the front sub-frame to body alignment holes.

FIG : Fig. 3: Install alignment pins such as Sub-Frame Alignment Pin Set T94P-2100-AH into the sub-frame to ensure correct positioning

image

  1. Slightly tighten the four sub-frame to body retaining bolts.
  2. Move the sub-frame to complete the alignment.
  3. Tighten the four sub-frame to body retaining bolts to 81-110 ft. lbs. (110-150 Nm).
  4. Remove the alignment tools.
  5. Reinstall the A/C bracket retaining screw to the sub-frame and secure.
  6. Reconnect the power steering oil cooler hoses to the front of the sub-frame.
  7. Install the Powertrain Alignment Gauge T94P-6000-AH or equivalent, to the left front engine support bracket and the sub-frame.
  8. Tighten the two retaining bolts to 20 ft. lbs. (27 Nm) and snug the through-bolt.
  9. Lower the vehicle.
  10. Remove the engine support from the top of the engine compartment.
  11. Reconnect the power steering return hose to the power steering pump auxiliary reservoir.
  12. Working inside the vehicle, install the flexible coupling to the steering gear pinion shaft and install the pinch bolt.
  13. Tighten the pinch bolt to 21 ft. lbs. (28 Nm).
  14. Reinstall the floor seal.
  15. Align the steering column shaft clamp plate with the flexible coupling and install the clamp plate bolt. Tighten the clamp plate bolt to 18 ft. lbs. (24 Nm).
  16. Partially raise and safely support the vehicle.
  17. Install the right front engine support insulator (engine mount). Tighten the two retaining bolts to 30-41 ft. lbs. (41-55 Nm) and the through-bolt to 75-102 ft. lbs. (103-137 Nm).
  18. Check the position of the right front engine mount (support insulator). It must be centered in the transaxle bracket and in perfect front to rear alignment.
  19. Remove the two retaining bolts and the through-bolt securing the powertrain alignment gauge and remove the powertrain alignment gauge.
  20. Reinstall the left front engine mount to the front sub-frame using the two retaining bolts. Tighten the retaining bolts to 84 inch lbs. (10 Nm).
  21. Check the position of the left front engine mount to ensure perfect front to rear alignment.
  22. Retighten the two retaining bolts to 30-40 ft. lbs. (41-55 Nm).
  23. Reinstall the left front engine mount through-bolt. Tighten the through-bolt to 75-102 ft. lbs. (103-137 Nm).
  24. Reinstall the sway bar link to the front sway bar. Tighten the retaining nuts to 35-48 ft. lbs. (47-65 Nm).
  25. Reconnect the left and right lower control arms to the ball joints and install the pinch bolts. Tighten the pinch bolts to 37-43 ft. lbs. (50-58 Nm).
  26. Reinstall the catalytic converter.
  27. Reinstall both tie rod ends to the steering knuckles. Install new cotter pins.
  28. Reinstall the wheel and tire assemblies and tighten the lug nuts to 63 ft. lbs. (85 Nm).
  29. Reinstall the front bumper cover braces to both sides of the sub-frame.
  30. Reinstall the radiator supports and the splash shield to the sub-frame.
  31. Lower the vehicle.
  32. Remove the safety wire supporting the radiator and fan shroud assembly.
  33. If equipped with the 2.0L engine, install the exhaust manifold shield and the oil level dipstick.
  34. If equipped with the 2.5L engine, install the water pump pulley shield and secure.
  35. Fill the power steering system with the proper fluid.
  36. Reconnect the negative battery cable.
  37. Run the engine and check for leaks and proper operation.

Whenever the vehicle sub-frame is removed or lowered, the wheel alignment should be checked.

  1. Bleed the power steering system, if needed.

FIG : Fig. 4: Power rack and pinion steering gear assembly component identification

image

Ask Your Own Mercury Question
Customer reply replied 7 years ago
just trying to get the hose off the rack
Mercury Mechanic: Tim's Auto Repair, mechanic replied 7 years ago

ok

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

thanks

Ask Your Own Mercury Question
Customer reply replied 7 years ago
you cant do that on this car
Mercury Mechanic: Tim's Auto Repair, mechanic replied 7 years ago

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

thanks

 

 

Tim's Auto Repair
Category: Mercury
Satisfied Customers: 16,163
Experience: Have owned a repair shop for 25 yrs.
Verified
Tim's Auto Repair and 87 other Mercury Specialists are ready to help you
Ask your own question now
Ask Tim's Auto Repair Your Own Question
Tim's Auto Repair
Tim's Auto Repair
Tim's Auto Repair, mechanic
Category: Mercury
Satisfied Customers: 16,163
16,163 Satisfied Customers
Experience: Have owned a repair shop for 25 yrs.

Tim's Auto Repair is online now

A new question is answered every 9 seconds

How JustAnswer works:

  • Ask an ExpertExperts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional AnswerVia email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction GuaranteeRate the answer you receive.

JustAnswer in the News:

Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.

What Customers are Saying:

AlvinC answered a question about my Ford truck that only someone with an in-depth knowledge of his subject would have known what was going on.

Rich DUSA

Because of your expertise, you armed me with enough ammunition to win the battle with the dealer. They are installing a fuel filter and fuel pump at no charge to me.

MollyUSA

I needed help with my car on Saturday morning....got a response in 5 minutes, and it was the perfect solution. Thanks again to your service.

Jason V.Kirkland, WA

I do know, after going though this with JustAnswer, that I can somewhat trust my mechanic but I will always contact you prior to going there.

BRNew Jersey

Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help.

Mary C.Freshfield, Liverpool, UK

This expert is wonderful. They truly know what they are talking about, and they actually care about you. They really helped put my nerves at ease. Thank you so much!!!!

AlexLos Angeles, CA

Thank you for all your help. It is nice to know that this service is here for people like myself, who need answers fast and are not sure who to consult.

GPHesperia, CA

< Previous | Next >

Meet the Experts:

Chris (aka- Moose)

Chris (aka- Moose)

Mercury Technician

1,990 satisfied customers

16 years experience with Mercury

John Mc

John Mc

Mercury Technician

403 satisfied customers

19 years Ford Lincoln Mercury experience

Tim&#039;s Auto Repair

Tim's Auto Repair

mechanic

16,163 satisfied customers

Have owned a repair shop for 25 yrs.

Ron Z.

Ron Z.

- Mercury Tech -

288 satisfied customers

18+yrs experience. State Inspector and Mercury Diagnostics

Chuck

Chuck

ASE Certified Technician

287 satisfied customers

33 Years experience,Ford Senior Master,ASE Master,L1 Advanced Engine Performance

scottz136

scottz136

Mercury Technician

260 satisfied customers

senior master lincoln mercury tech.

Don - Mo Lurch

Don - Mo Lurch

Mecury Mechanic

254 satisfied customers

Ford Cert., Heavy Line Mech, Mobile Electronics. Sales, Installation & Repair for 30 years

< Previous | Next >

Related Mercury Questions
This questions is perhaps for a mechanic or an electrician:
this questions is perhaps for a mechanic or an electrician:I have a 1996 Mercury Sable. Since I barely use it, I want to re-purpose it with an interesting experiment:I want to park it near my house an… read more
Ron
Ron
Automotive Tech
Vocational, Technical or Trade Scho
35,256 satisfied customers
The anti-theft is stopping my car from starting. I bought a
The anti-theft is stopping my car from starting. I bought a new key a few months ago (I had lost the old one) and it was working just fine, but then I had a different issue with the levels of coolant … read more
David Craig
David Craig
OWNER/MECHANIC
Associates
4,396 satisfied customers
I have a ford escort. When I let car park overnight having
I have a ford escort . When I let car park overnight having hard time starting it. I hear loud pops. In order for the loud pops to occur, I have to push gas pedal to floor and try a while. If I don't … read more
Chris (aka- Moose)
Chris (aka- Moose)
Mercury Technician
Vocational, Technical or Trade School
1,990 satisfied customers
I have a 96 mercury sable and my brake lights will not shut
I have a 96 mercury sable and my brake lights will not shut off … read more
Amedee
Amedee
Automotive Consultant
Vocational, Technical or Trade Scho
18,515 satisfied customers
The dash lights go out when it gets dark - digital dash.
the dash lights go out when it gets dark - digital dash … read more
Jaybird61
Jaybird61
Master Automotive Mechanic
2,228 satisfied customers
I have a 2001 Mercury Sable with the Duratech 24 valve
Hi, I have a 2001 Mercury Sable with the Duratech 24 valve engine in it . The car now has 318,000 miles on it. It's never given me any trouble until the last few days. I had trouble with high idle spe… read more
Gary
Gary
Senior Technician
Vocational, Technical or Trade School
58 satisfied customers
Starts run for min than dies. Pth. 2001. Just starting it
Just starting it over and over this is the second time it's done last time it came out of it … read more
Chad Farhat
Chad Farhat
Owner
Associate Degree
4,410 satisfied customers
No spark. 01 Mercury couger. Self. Check coil, crank sensor,
No spark JA: What is the model/year of your Mercury? Customer: 01 Mercury couger JA: Are you fixing your Cougar yourself? What have you tried so far? Customer: Self JA: Anything else you want the mech… read more
Todd M
Todd M
Owner
ASE Certification
1,484 satisfied customers
2003 mercury sable fuel gauge wont read full its eractic and
2003 mercury sable fuel gauge wont read full its eractic and just replaced fuel pump it was doing this before replaced fuel pump as well… read more
HDGENE
HDGENE
5,818 satisfied customers
Refilling system with coolant. 250000 or more. Grand marquit
filled the coolant bottle. warmed up the car. no movement on temp gauge … read more
Ron
Ron
Automotive Tech
Vocational, Technical or Trade Scho
35,256 satisfied customers
2003 Merc Grand Marquis-check engine light comes on-car
2003 Merc Grand Marquis-check engine light comes on-car stutters when i step on the gas-has a hard time going … read more
Chad Farhat
Chad Farhat
Owner
Associate Degree
4,410 satisfied customers
After warming up the low oil pressure light comes on at
after warming up the low oil pressure light comes on at approximately 1000 rpm. If you raise the rpm just above 1000 rpm it goes out. … read more
Ron
Ron
Automotive Tech
Vocational, Technical or Trade Scho
35,256 satisfied customers
After blowing out a front brake line, I replaced both front
After blowing out a front brake line, I replaced both front lines, rotors and pads, which were due anyway. And yes, I used a vacuum bleeder afterwards. … read more
Chris (aka- Moose)
Chris (aka- Moose)
Mercury Technician
Vocational, Technical or Trade School
1,990 satisfied customers
I just left my car to be towed in the morning,,It cant be
I just left my car to be towed in the morning,,It cant be driven indrive- reverse is bad, but doable. one guy said it was the "tie rod- another said the axel, … read more
Mechanic01
Mechanic01
1,672 satisfied customers
Fuel pump isn't reading. Trying to do it now but when the
Trying to do it now but when the new one is in there is no reading on the gauge … read more
rpmdiag
rpmdiag
High school
7,271 satisfied customers
I have a 2002 Mercury Mountaineer that just started to give
Hello,I have a 2002 Mercury Mountaineer that just started to give me problems yesterday. The truck has driven great since I purchased it almost 2 years ago but just yesterday the engine started to mis… read more
Mike V.
Mike V.
technician
High School or GED
25,834 satisfied customers
I got a diagnosis that I needed to buy a new engine for my
I got a diagnosis that I needed to buy a new engine for my car—2009 Mercury Mariner at 92, … read more
Chris (aka- Moose)
Chris (aka- Moose)
Mercury Technician
Vocational, Technical or Trade School
1,990 satisfied customers
Air blows out three out of the four vents, one vent barely
Air blows out three out of the four vents, one vent barely has air blowing out of it. When I turn on max, the vent that hardly blows air seems to blow a little more but not nearly as much as the other… read more
David Craig
David Craig
OWNER/MECHANIC
Associates
4,396 satisfied customers
Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Show MoreShow Less

Ask Your Question

x