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Rack and Pinion EVO for a 1998 Ford Taurus SE...what does the "EVO" stand for and is a regular rack and pinion unit interchangeable with this??

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  • Mark Pompeii May 13, 2010

    1st guy didn't answer my 2 questions


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Check right this, sometimes its necessary make few adaptations...

Ford Taurus/Sable 1996-1999 Repair Guide

Power Steering Rack and Pinion - REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
(see Figures 1, 2, 3 and 4)

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2. From inside the vehicle, remove the boot covering the shaft at the cowl panel.
  3. Remove the bolts retaining the intermediate shaft to the steering column shaft. Set the weather boot aside.
  4. Remove the pinch bolt at the steering gear input shaft and remove the intermediate shaft. Raise the vehicle and support safely.
  5. Safely raise and support the vehicle.
  6. Remove the front wheels.
  7. Remove the exhaust system flex tube, then remove the dual converter Y-pipe from the vehicle.
  8. Support the rear end of the front subframe with tall jackstands.
  9. Disconnect the tie rod ends from the steering knuckle tie rods. Mark the position of the jam nuts for correct installation.
  10. Remove the nuts securing the steering gear to the subframe.
  11. Remove the bolts securing the rear of the subframe to the body.
  12. Carefully raise the lift until the subframe separates from the body approximately 4 inches (102mm).
  13. Remove the push-pin retainers from the power steering hose bracket, then remove the shield.
  14. Remove the left turn pressure hose from the bracket, then remove the bracket.
  15. Disconnect the left stabilizer link from the strut assembly.
  16. Disconnect the power steering auxiliary actuator.
  17. Rotate the steering gear to clear the mounting bolts and move the gear to the left to gain access to the hose fittings.
  18. Position a drain pan under the steering gear and disconnect the pressure and return hoses.
  19. Remove the steering gear assembly through the left wheel opening.
To install:
  1. Install new Teflon® seals on the hydraulic line fittings on the gear assembly. Install the mounting bolts in the steering gear housing, then insert the steering gear through the left fender apron.
  2. Install the remaining components in the reverse order of removal.
  3. Align the steering gear bolts, install the nuts and tighten to 85-100 ft. lbs. (115-135 Nm). Lower the vehicle.
  4. Tighten the hydraulic pressure line and return line to 15-25 ft. lbs. (20-35 Nm).
  5. Tighten the tie rod end castle nuts to 35-46 ft. lbs. (47-63 Nm). If necessary, tighten the nuts a little bit more to align the slot in the nut for the cotter pin. Install the cotter pin.
  6. Fill and bleed the power steering system. Check the system for leaks and proper operation. Adjust the toe setting as necessary.
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Fig. 1: Disconnect the exhaust system flex tube, then remove the dual converter Y-pipe from the vehicle


Fig. 2: Support the rear of the subframe with two tall jackstands while removing the steering gear


Fig. 3: Disconnect the sway bar link and the tie rod end from the knuckle


Fig. 4: Power steering gear connections

Hope this help.

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To be honest, I've never heard of this Evo and can not find anything on this. Just so you don't think I'm an idiot, I've been doing automotive for over 20 years and done all makes and models especially high end cars. The only thing I can see is that there is a difference in the racks for the regular Taurus and the SHO version. Where did you see this Evo printed? I will try to make some sense out of this for you.

Posted on May 13, 2010

  • Mark Pompeii May 15, 2010

    For some reason many parts specialists and mechanics do not know what rack and pinion EVO is. After investigating I found out it stands for "Electronic Vehicle Oversteer" which is only on select cars and was a very rare option on the Taurus SHO in 1998.


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