REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
See Figure 1
- Raise and safely support the vehicle.
- Remove the transverse member.
- Disconnect the power steering return hose and pressure pipe.
- Remove the intermediate steering shaft bolt.
- Support the engine from the top and remove the engine mount member.
- Remove the bolts for engine mount No. 1.
- Remove the lower strut mounting bolt.
- Disconnect the tie-rod end from the steering knuckle.
- Remove the upper lateral link ball joint.
- Remove the lower ball joint.
- Remove the stabilizer control link nut.
- Remove the gusset.
- Support the crossmember using a jack and remove the crossmember mounting nuts. Lower the crossmember to gain clearance and remove the lower arm assembly.
- Replace the lower arm assembly to the vehicle and install the crossmember mounting bolts.
- Install the gusset, torque the gusset mount bolts to 58-86 ft. lbs. (79-116 Nm).
- Connect the stabilizer control link, torque the nut to 11-44 ft. lbs. (44-60 Nm).
- Install the lower ball joint, torque the mounting bolts to 58-86 ft. lbs. (79-116 Nm). Torque the retaining nut at the knuckle to 86-115 ft. lbs. (116-156 Nm).
- Install the upper lateral link nut and bolt, torque to 58-86 ft. lbs. (79-116 Nm).
- Connect the tie-rod end, torque the nut to 41-59 ft. lbs. (55-80 Nm).
- Install the strut lower mounting bolt and torque to 73-101 ft. lbs. (98-137 Nm).
- Install the No. 1 engine mount bolts and torque to 11-44 ft. lbs. (44-60 Nm).
- Install the engine mount member, torque the bolts to 50-68 ft. lbs. (67-93 Nm) and the nuts to 55-77.3 ft. lbs. (75-104 Nm). Remove the engine support tool.
- Install the intermediate steering shaft bolt, torque to 14-19 ft. lbs. (18-5 Nm).
- Connect the power steering pressure pipe and return hose.
- Install the transverse member.
- Lower the vehicle. Check the power steering fluid and fill to proper level, bleed if necessary. Check the front end alignment.
See Figures 2 through 11
- Raise and safely support the vehicle. Remove the wheel and tire assembly.
- Disconnect the stabilizer bar link from the lower control arm.
- Remove the lower ball joint pinch bolt from the steering knuckle.
- Seperate the lower ball joint from the steering knuckle.
- Remove the lower control arm bolts and nuts and remove the lower control arm.
- Install the lower control arm and loosely tighten the mounting nuts and bolts.
- Connect the lower ball joint to the steering knuckle. Install the pinch bolt and tighten to specifications.
- Connect the stabilizer link to the lower control arm.
- Install the wheel and tire assembly and lower the vehicle. With the vehicle at normal ride height, tighten the lower control arm mounting bolts.
- Check the front wheel alignment.
CONTROL ARM BUSHING REPLACEMENT
See Figures 12 and 13
- For the front bushing, cut away the projecting rubber portion of the bushing with a knife.
- Install the control arm in a vise and install Mazda bushing removal tool 49 G013 2A0 or equivalent to the control arm. Remove the old bushing by tightening the nut on the tool.
- To install a new bushing, apply soapy water to the new bushing and use Mazda tool 49 G013 2A0 or equivalent and pull the new bushing into place.
- For the rear bushing, remove the retaining nut on the control arm and slide the bushing, complete with bracket, from the control arm.
- Installation is the reverse of the removal procedure.