All car have a rack and pinion steering
Go to a mechanic
check any link on here for rack & pinion replacement, then click the link I have supplied so you can find the joys of doing it on a Taurus. Buy a factory service manual, and expect a lot of busted knuckles.
how to cahange front pinion seal
mechanic work guide states 2.2 hrs. Also you'll need to get an alignment done afterwards.
Rough estimate for replacement $400. ROUGH ESTIMATE FOR RACK AND PINION IS $800 THAT IS PARTS AND LABOR.
Mounted to the firewall inside the engine compartment.
You change the ring and pinion gears
about $175.00 tops. (depends where you go)
The labor cost to replace a rack and pinion steering on a 97 Taurus should run between $500 and $750. The actual cost varies based on the location in which it is repaired in and the repair shop.
Best left to a mechanic as the drive shaft has to come down and the big nut on the pinion gear that holds the drive shaft mount has to come off and then you can install the new pinion seal.