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REAR DRIVE SHAFT REMOVAL/INSTALLATION

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2016 – MX-5 – DriveLine/Axle

REAR DRIVE SHAFT REMOVAL/INSTALLATION

CAUTION:

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

1. Drain the differential oil. (See DIFFERENTIAL OIL REPLACEMENT.)

2. Remove the rear ABS wheel-speed sensor from the hub support.

3. Remove the grommet of the rear ABS wheel speed sensor wiring harness from the bracket and set it aside so that it does not interfere with the servicing.

4. Remove the rear brake caliper component and suspend it in a place out of the way using a cable. (See REAR BRAKE (DISC) REMOVAL/INSTALLATION.)

5. Remove the rear disc plate. (See REAR BRAKE (DISC) REMOVAL/INSTALLATION.)

6. When working on the left side of the vehicle, disconnect the auto leveling sensor link from the lower lateral link. (See AUTO LEVELING SENSOR REMOVAL/INSTALLATION.)

7. Disconnect the rear stabilizer control link from the lower lateral link. (See REAR STABILIZER REMOVAL/INSTALLATION.)

8. Disconnect the following parts from the hub support and remove the wheel hub component, dust cover, and hub support as a single unit. (See WHEEL HUB COMPONENT REMOVAL/INSTALLATION.)

a. Upper lateral link (See UPPER LATERAL LINK REMOVAL/INSTALLATION.)

b. Rear shock absorber and coil spring (See REAR SHOCK ABSORBER AND COIL SPRING REMOVAL/INSTALLATION.)

c. Lower link (See LOWER LINK REMOVAL/INSTALLATION.)

d. Trailing link (See TRAILING LINK REMOVAL/INSTALLATION.)

e. Lower lateral link (See LOWER LATERAL LINK REMOVAL/INSTALLATION.)

f. Leading link (See LEADING LINK REMOVAL/INSTALLATION.)

9. Remove in the order shown in the figure.

10. Install in the reverse order of removal.

11. Add differential oil. (See DIFFERENTIAL OIL REPLACEMENT.)

12. Inspect the rear wheel alignment and adjust if necessary. (See REAR WHEEL ALIGNMENT.)

1

Rear drive shaft

(See Rear Drive Shaft Removal Note.)

(See Rear Drive Shaft Installation Note.)

2

Rear drive shaft clip

(See Rear Drive Shaft Clip Installation Note.)

Rear Drive Shaft Removal Note

CAUTION:

  • The oil seal could be damaged by the end of the rear drive shaft. When removing the rear drive shaft from the rear differential, be careful not to damage the oil seal. If the oil seal is damaged, replace it with a new one.

1. Set the SST (49 B025 010) to the rear drive shaft.

2. Install the SST (49 B025 017) to the SST (49 B025 010).

3. Disengage the rear drive shaft from the rear differential using the SST.

4. Remove the rear drive shaft.

Rear Drive Shaft Clip Installation Note

1. Install a new clip to the clip groove at the end of the rear drive shaft with the clip opening facing upward.

2. Verify that the outer diameter of the clip is within the standard.

    Standard

  • Less than 31.2 mm {1.23 in}

  • If it exceeds the standard, repeat installation using a new clip.

Rear Drive Shaft Installation Note

CAUTION:

  • The oil seal could be damaged by the end of the rear drive shaft. When removing the rear drive shaft from the rear differential, be careful not to damage the oil seal. If the oil seal is damaged, replace it with a new one.

1. Apply differential oil to the oil seal lip.

2. Install the rear drive shaft to the rear differential.

3. After installation, verify that the rear drive shaft is securely held by the clip by pulling the outer ring on the rear differential side towards the axle side.

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