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2008 - MX-5 - DriveLine/Axle

REAR DRIVE SHAFT REMOVAL/INSTALLATION

CAUTION:

1. Drain the rear differential oil.
2. Remove in the order indicated in the table.
3. Install in the reverse order of removal.
4. Add rear differential oil. (See DIFFERENTIAL OIL REPLACEMENT.)



1

ABS wheel-speed sensor

2

Locknut

(See Locknut Removal Note.)

(See Locknut Installation Note.)

3

Parking brake cable

4

Brake caliper component

(See Brake Caliper Component Removal Note.)

5

Disc plate

(See REAR BRAKE (DISC) REMOVAL/INSTALLATION.)

6

Rear lateral link (upper) ball joint

(See REAR LATERAL LINK (UPPER) REMOVAL/INSTALLATION.)

7

Stabilizer control link (lower)

(See REAR STABILIZER REMOVAL/INSTALLATION.)

8

Rear lateral link (lower) ball joint

(See REAR LATERAL LINK (LOWER) REMOVAL/INSTALLATION.)

9

Shock absorber bolt (lower)

10

Toe control link ball joint

11

Rear trailing link (upper) ball joint

(See REAR TRAILING LINK (UPPER) REMOVAL/INSTALLATION.)

12

Rear trailing link (lower) bolt (outer side)

13

Rear knuckle component

(See Rear Knuckle Component Installation Note.)

14

Rear drive shaft

(See Rear Drive Shaft Removal Note.)

(See Rear Drive Shaft Installation Note.)

15

Clip

(See Clip Installation Note.)


Locknut Removal Note

1. Lock the disc plate by applying the brakes.
2. Knock the crimped portion of the locknut outward using a chisel and a hammer.

3. Remove the locknut.

Brake Caliper Component Removal Note

1. Suspend the brake caliper component using a cable or equivalent.

2. Temporarily tighten the wheel nut to prevent the disc plate from falling off.

Rear Drive Shaft Removal Note

1. Temporarily install a spare nut to the end of the rear drive shaft.
2. Knock the nut with copper hammer lightly and remove the rear drive shaft from the wheel hub.

3. Separate the rear drive shaft from the wheel hub.
4. Insert a tire lever or equivalent between the rear differential and differential side outer ring, and then remove the rear drive shaft.

CAUTION:

5. Pull the rear drive shaft to the outer side of the vehicle and disconnect it from the rear differential.
6. To hold the rear knuckle component, install the rear lateral link (upper) to the rear knuckle temporarily after disconnecting the rear drive shaft.

Clip Installation Note

1. Point the opening of the new drive shaft clip upward, install it to the clip groove at the end of the rear drive shaft with the installation width within the specification.

2. After installing the clip, measure the outer diameter. If it exceeds the specification, reinstall the new clip.

Rear Drive Shaft Installation Note

1. Apply differential oil to the differential oil seal lip.

CAUTION:

2. Insert the rear drive shaft into the rear differential with the clip opening facing upward.
3. After installation, verify that the rear drive shaft is securely held by the clip by pulling the outer ring on the differential side towards the axle.

Rear Knuckle Component Installation Note

1. Apply grease (L2Y1 33247) to the wheel bearing inner race and drive shaft contact surface (Area A in figure).

2. Install the rear knuckle component.

Locknut Installation Note

1. Tighten a new locknut.
2. Crimp the locknut, using a chisel and hammer.



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