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FRONT STABILIZER REMOVAL/INSTALLATION

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2016 – MX-5 – Suspension

FRONT STABILIZER REMOVAL/INSTALLATION

CAUTION:

  • Performing the following procedures could cause an open circuit in the front ABS wheel-speed sensor wiring harness if it is pulled by mistake. Before servicing, disconnect the front ABS wheel-speed sensor and set it aside so that the wiring harness will not be pulled by mistake.

  • If the steering wheel rotates after the steering shaft and the steering gear are disconnected, the internal parts of the clock spring could be damaged. Secure the steering wheel using tape or a cable to prevent the steering shaft from rotating after disconnecting the steering shaft.

1. Disconnect the negative battery cable. (See NEGATIVE BATTERY CABLE DISCONNECTION/CONNECTION.)

2. Remove front mudguard No.1 and the front deflector as a single unit. (See FRONT MUDGUARD REMOVAL/INSTALLATION.)

3. Remove the following parts:

a. Front mudguard No.2 (See FRONT MUDGUARD REMOVAL/INSTALLATION.)

b. Front under cover (See FRONT UNDER COVER REMOVAL/INSTALLATION.)

c. Front crossmember under cover (See FRONT CROSSMEMBER UNDER COVER REMOVAL/INSTALLATION.)

4. Remove the brackets.

5. Remove the front ABS wheel-speed sensor from the wheel hub component.

6. Remove the front ABS wheel-speed sensor wiring harness from the bracket and front upper arm and set it aside so that it does not interfere with the servicing.

7. Remove the front brake hose from the front upper arm and front crossmember and set it aside so that it does not interfere with the servicing.

8. Remove the front brake caliper component and suspend it on the body side using a cable. (See FRONT BRAKE (DISC) REMOVAL/INSTALLATION [WITH SINGLE PISTON CALIPER].) (See FRONT BRAKE (DISC) REMOVAL/INSTALLATION [WITH 4-POT OPPOSED PISTON CALIPER].)

9. Remove the front disc plate. (See FRONT BRAKE (DISC) REMOVAL/INSTALLATION [WITH SINGLE PISTON CALIPER].) (See FRONT BRAKE (DISC) REMOVAL/INSTALLATION [WITH 4-POT OPPOSED PISTON CALIPER].)

10. Remove the front stabilizer control link.

11. Remove the front splash shield No.2. (See FRONT SPLASH SHIELD No.2 REMOVAL/INSTALLATION.)

12. Remove the nut. (See Nut Installation Note.)

13. Suspend the front stabilizer component on the body side using a cable as shown in the figure.

CAUTION:

  • With the front stabilizer component suspended and secured, the front crossmember may come in contact with it during front crossmember removal/installation which may lead to part damage. When suspending the front stabilizer component, suspend it to allow some play so that it can be moved.

14. Disconnect the intermediate shaft from the steering gear and linkage. (See INTERMEDIATE SHAFT REMOVAL/INSTALLATION.)

15. Detach the wiring harness clip and connectors shown in the figure.

16. Remove the front splash shield No.1. (See FRONT SPLASH SHIELD No.1 REMOVAL/INSTALLATION.)

17. Detach the wiring harness clips shown in the figure.

18. Remove the seal plate. (See SEAL PLATE REMOVAL/INSTALLATION.)

19. Remove the horn LO. (See HORN REMOVAL/INSTALLATION.)

20. Remove the front crossmember extension.

21. Remove the oil pipe No.3 bracket from the front crossmember. (AT vehicles) (See OIL COOLER REMOVAL/INSTALLATION [SJ6A-EL].)

22. Remove the battery wiring harness bracket. (MT vehicles)

23. Remove the coolant reserve tank. (See COOLANT RESERVE TANK REMOVAL/INSTALLATION [SKYACTIV-G 2.0].)

24. Remove the upper mount rubber bracket (LH). (See RADIATOR REMOVAL/INSTALLATION [SKYACTIV-G 2.0].)

25. Suspend the cooling fan component through the upper mount rubber bracket (LH) hole using a cable as shown in the figure.

26. Remove the lower radiator hose brackets from the front crossmember.

27. Remove the lower mount rubber bracket. (See RADIATOR REMOVAL/INSTALLATION [SKYACTIV-G 2.0].)

28. Remove the center mount rubber bracket. (See RADIATOR REMOVAL/INSTALLATION [SKYACTIV-G 2.0].)

29. Remove the ground.

30. Suspend the engine using the SST. (See ENGINE REMOVAL/INSTALLATION [SKYACTIV-G 2.0].)

31. Disconnect the engine mount rubber from the front crossmember. (See ENGINE MOUNT DISASSEMBLY/ASSEMBLY [SKYACTIV-G 2.0].)

32. Remove the front suspension tower bar. (With front suspension tower bar) (See FRONT SUSPENSION TOWER BAR REMOVAL/INSTALLATION.)

33. Remove the upper nuts of the front shock absorber. (See FRONT SHOCK ABSORBER AND COIL SPRING REMOVAL/INSTALLATION.)

34. Loosen the lower nut of the front shock absorber. (See FRONT SHOCK ABSORBER AND COIL SPRING REMOVAL/INSTALLATION.)

CAUTION:

  • With the front shock absorber secured, the front crossmember may come in contact with it during front crossmember removal/installation which may lead to part damage. Loosen the front shock absorber lower nut until the front shock absorber can move.

35. Support the front crossmember using a jack.

WARNING:

  • If the front crossmember falls off during front crossmember removal/installation, it may cause serious injury or death, or vehicle damage. When removing/installing the front crossmember, always use a jack and verify that the crossmember is securely supported.

36. Remove in the order of bolts A, B, nuts A, and B.

37. Lower the jack slowly and remove the front crossmember component.

38. Remove the front stabilizer component suspended above the vehicle. (See Front Stabilizer Component Installation Note.)

39. Remove in the order shown in the figure.

40. Install in the reverse order of removal.

41. Inspect the front wheel alignment and adjust it if necessary. (See FRONT WHEEL ALIGNMENT.)

1

Front stabilizer bracket

(See Front Stabilizer Bracket Removal Note.)

(See Front Stabilizer Bracket Installation Note.)

2

Front stabilizer

Front Stabilizer Bracket Removal Note

1. If the front stabilizer bracket cannot be removed by hand, remove it using a vise.

CAUTION:

  • The front stabilizer bracket may be deformed if it is removed using a vise. When removing the front stabilizer bracket using a vise, secure the front stabilizer bracket flange to the vise as shown in the figure, then remove it.

Front Stabilizer Bracket Installation Note

1. If the front stabilizer bracket cannot be installed by hand, install it using a vise.

CAUTION:

  • The front stabilizer bracket may be deformed if it is installed using a vise. When installing the front stabilizer bracket using a vise, set the cylinder-shaped parts as shown in the figure so that pressure is applied to the front stabilizer bracket flange, and install the front stabilizer bracket to the front stabilizer bushing.

2. After installing the front stabilizer bracket, verify that the positions of the front stabilizer bracket and the front stabilizer bushing are within the range shown in the figure.

  • H1: 6.5 mm {0.26 in} max.

  • H2: 6.5 mm {0.26 in} max.

Front Stabilizer Component Installation Note

1. Assembly the front stabilizer component so that the identification mark is on the right side of the vehicle.

Nut Installation Note

1. Temporarily tighten nuts A and B shown in the figure.

2. Tighten nut B.

    Tightening torque

  • 20???25 N·m {2.1???2.5 kgf·m, 15???18 ft·lbf}

3. Tighten nut A.

    Tightening torque

  • 20???25 N·m {2.1???2.5 kgf·m, 15???18 ft·lbf}

4. Tighten nut B.

    Tightening torque

  • 20???25 N·m {2.1???2.5 kgf·m, 15???18 ft·lbf}

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