Below is a 2002 crown victoria steering column, steering shafts, and
Here is the front of the steering wheel with the airbag removed
And the steering column with the steering wheel removed
Here is a closeup of the end of the steering column showing components
-steering column->midshaft u-joint
-steering wheel rotation speed sensor
-lower shaft bearing
-transmission shifter linkage
Here is the front part of a ford steering column seperated from the
lower part at the tilt-column pivot junction
Here are the steering shafts which run through the steering column. The
slightly longer shaft would fit in the 1990-1994 crownvics, the
slightly shorter one in the 1995-2002 crownvics.
Other ford vehicles use similar shafts, but the clocking of the shaft
where the steering wheel connects is often at a slightly different
Sometimes, this pivot junction gets loose and causes lack of steering
Here's the middle bearing that the shaft spins on.
And the front upper bearing that would be located directly in front of
the steering wheel.
Note that this particular steering column is from a mustang cobra
convertible car that had a manual transmission. So there's an extra
lever labelled "PUSH" that you have to press prior to removing the
The key head is somewhat thick because it's equipped with the passive
antitheft system (PATS) transponder.
Here are all of the steering shafts that would connect the steering
wheel to the steering gear in 1995-2002 crown vics. Problems in anyone
of these joints could cause poor steering feel or poor return to center
The black plastic bushing is where the midshaft passes through the
firewall. In this particular case, the bearing in the firewall was worn
and the plastic sleeve cracked.
Here are the parts layed side by side
Here's a steering rack for a 1996 ford taurus with the linkage that
connects the steering column to the rack attached
And the same parts as above with the steering column from a mustang
Here's a closeup of the linkage from a wrecked 2004 ford taurus with 5k
In this case, the assembly is fully extended to allow maxium movement
of the vehicle's unibody in relation to the subframe.
In this case, the shaft is fully retracted
Here's a few shots of the steering rack itself
Note that the linkage which connects the steering column to the
steering rack in 2003-2009 crown vics uses numerous u-joints rather
than sliding parts like shown on the taurus column.