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2008 - MX-5 - Suspension

REAR CROSSMEMBER REMOVAL/INSTALLATION

CAUTION:

1. Remove the exhaust pipe. (See EXHAUST SYSTEM REMOVAL/INSTALLATION [LF].)
2. Remove the propeller shaft. (See PROPELLER SHAFT REMOVAL/INSTALLATION.)
3. Remove the power plant frame. (See TRANSMISSION REMOVAL/INSTALLATION [M15M-D].) (See TRANSMISSION REMOVAL/INSTALLATION [P66M-D].) (See AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION REMOVAL/INSTALLATION [SJ6A-EL].)
4. Remove the rear drive shaft. (See REAR DRIVE SHAFT REMOVAL/INSTALLATION.)
5. Remove the rear differential. (See REAR DIFFERENTIAL REMOVAL/INSTALLATION.)
6. Remove in the order indicated in the table.
7. Install in the reverse order of removal.
8. Inspect the rear wheel alignment. (See REAR WHEEL ALIGNMENT.)



1

Rear stabilizer

(See REAR STABILIZER REMOVAL/INSTALLATION.)

2

Rear axle component

(See Rear Axle Component Removal Note.)

3

Parking brake cable

4

Stopper plate

5

Rear crossmember component

(See Rear Crossmember Component Removal Note.)

6

Rear trailing link (upper)

7

Rear trailing link (lower)

8

Rear lateral link (upper)

9

Rear lateral link (lower)

10

Toe control link

11

Rear crossmember


Rear Axle Component Removal Note

NOTE:

1. Support the knuckle using a jack.
2. Using the SST, disconnect the rear trailing link (upper) ball joint.

3. Remove the rear trailing link (lower) outer bolt.
4. Using the SST, disconnect the rear lateral link (upper) ball joint.

5. Using the SST, disconnect the rear lateral link (lower) ball joint.

6. Remove the toe control link outer bolt.
7. Remove the shock absorber lower bolt.
8. Remove the rear axle component.

Rear Crossmember Component Removal Note

WARNING:

  1. Be sure that the crossmember component is securely supported by the jack.If not securely supported, the crossmember component could fall, resulting in serious injury or death, and damage to the vehicle.

1. Support the rear crossmember with the jack, and remove the bolt.

2. Remove the rear crossmember component.


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