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2008 - MX-5 - DriveLine/Axle

REAR DIFFERENTIAL REMOVAL/INSTALLATION

CAUTION:

1. Drain the rear differential oil.
2. Remove the middle pipe. (See EXHAUST SYSTEM REMOVAL/INSTALLATION [LF].)
3. Remove the propeller shaft. (See PROPELLER SHAFT REMOVAL/INSTALLATION.)
4. Remove the power plant frame. (See TRANSMISSION REMOVAL/INSTALLATION[M15M-D].) (See TRANSMISSION REMOVAL/INSTALLATION[P66M-D].)
5. Remove in the order indicated in the table.
6. Install in the reverse order of removal.
7. Add rear differential oil. (See DIFFERENTIAL OIL REPLACEMENT.)



1

ABS wheel-speed sensor

2

Parking brake cable

3

Brake caliper component

(See Brake Caliper Component Removal Note.)

4

Rear lateral link (upper) ball joint

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

5

Stabilizer control link (lower)

(See REAR STABILIZER REMOVAL/INSTALLATION.)

6

Rear lateral link (lower) ball joint

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

7

Shock absorber bolt (lower)

8

Toe control link ball joint

9

Rear trailing link (upper) ball joint

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

10

Rear trailing link (lower) bolt (outer side)

11

Rear drive shaft, rear knuckle component

(See Rear Drive Shaft, Rear Knuckle Component Removal Note.)

(See Rear Drive Shaft, Rear Knuckle Component Installation Note.)

12

Rear differential

(See Rear Differential Removal/Installation Note.)

13

Differential mount


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, Rear Knuckle Component Removal Note

1. Insert a tire lever or equivalent between the rear differential and differential side outer ring, and remove the rear drive shaft.

CAUTION:

2. Pull the rear drive shaft and rear knuckle component to the outer side, and detach the rear drive shaft from the rear differential.
3. To hold the rear drive shaft and rear knuckle component, install the rear lateral link (upper) to the rear knuckle temporarily after disconnecting the rear drive shaft.

Rear Differential Removal/Installation Note

WARNING:

1. Remove or install the rear differential, while supporting it securely with a jack, and moving the jack gradually.

Rear Drive Shaft, Rear Knuckle Component Installation Note

1. Install a new drive shaft clip to the clip groove at the top of the rear drive shaft with the clip opening facing upward and the clip width within the specification.

2. After installing the clip, measure the outer diametric if it exceeds the specification, reinstall a new clip.
3. Apply differential oil to the differential oil seal lip.

CAUTION:

4. Insert the rear drive shaft into the rear differential with the clip opening facing upward.
5. 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.


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