Mazda Car 2005-06

Lower Control Arms

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Bushing Replacement



  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the precautions section.
  2.  
  3. Remove the lower control arm.
  4.  
  5. Remove the clip.
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  7. Remove the dust boot.
    NOTE
    Be careful not to damage the front lower arm. If it is damaged, replace it.

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  9. Mark the front upper arm as shown in the illustration.
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  11. Remove the rear side bushing using the tools illustrated
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  13. Remove the front side bushing by cutting off the stopper plate rubber using a razor.
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  15. Cut off 5-6mm each side of the knob end of the front side bushing using a hacksaw.
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  17. Remove the bushing using the tools illustrated.
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  19. Remove the shock absorber lower side bushing using the tools illustrated.

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    Fig. Mark the front upper arm as shown-MX-5 Miata



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    Fig. Remove the rear side bushing-MX-5 Miata



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    Fig. Cut off the stopper plate rubber using a razor-MX-5 Miata



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    Fig. Cut off 5-6mm each side of the knob end of the front side bushing-MX-5 Miata



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    Fig. Remove the front side bushing-MX-5 Miata



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    Fig. Remove the shock absorber lower side bushing-MX-5 Miata

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To install:

  1. Install the shock absorber lower side bushing by compressing the bushing using the tools illustrated.
  2.  
  3. Install the front side bushing as follows:
    1. Press the bushing in using the tools illustrated.

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      Fig. Install the shock absorber lower side bushing by compressing the bushing as shown-MX-5 Miata



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      Fig. Press the front side bushing in-MX-5 Miata



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      Fig. Insert the stopper plate rubber into the inner pipe of the bushing-MX-5 Miata

    2.  
    3. Insert the stopper plate rubber into the inner pipe of the bushing (front side).
    4.  

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  5. Install the rear side bushing as follows:
    1. Align the marks placed during removal of the bushing.
    2.  
    3. Press the bushing in using the tools illustrated.
    4.  

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  7. Install the clip as follows:
    1. Wipe the grease off the ball joint stud.
    2.  
    3. Fill the inside of the new dust boot with grease.
    4.  
    5. Install the dust boot to the ball joint.
    6.  
    7. Install the clip using the tools illustrated.
    8.  
    9. Verify that the clip is installed securely to the groove.
    10.  
    11. Wipe off any excess grease.
    12.  

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  9. Install the control arm.

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    Fig. Align the marks placed during removal of the rear side bushing-MX-5 Miata



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    Fig. Press in the rear side bushing-MX-5 Miata



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    Fig. Install the clip using the tools shown-MX-5 Miata

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  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the precautions section.
  2.  

All Mazda-s use a pressed in control arm bushing, and the pressing can usually be done using 2 appropriately sized sockets (a press socket and a catch socket) and a large vise.

  1. Position the control arm and the 2 sockets into a vise.
  2.  
  3. Position the press socket onto the control arm bushing.
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  5. Position the catch socket onto the control arm, opposite of the press socket.
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  7. Tighten the vise slowly and press the bushing into the catch socket.
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To install:

  1. Apply soapy water to the new control arm bushing.
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  3. Position the bushing against the control arm.
  4.  
  5. Using the same sockets, in the same positions, press the new bushing into the control arm.
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The Mazda6 models have two lower control arms in the front suspension assembly, they are identified as the front lower control arm (Front side) and front lower control arm (rear side). They also have one rear suspension lower control arm, which will be identified as Rear lower control arm.

Front Arm (Front Side)
  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the precautions section.
  2.  
  3. Remove the front lower control arm (front).
  4.  
  5. Press the bushing from the front lower control arm (front) inner side using the tools illustrated.
  6.  
  7. Press the bushing from the front lower control arm (front) outer side using the tools illustrated.

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    Fig. Press the bushing from/into the front lower control arm (front) inner side using the removal/installer tools shown-Mazda6 and Mazdaspeed6 models



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    Fig. Press the bushing from/into the front lower control arm (front) outer side using the removal/installer tools shown-Mazda6 and Mazdaspeed6 models

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To install:

  1. Mark the front bushing for the outer side on the front lower arm (front) as illustrated.
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  3. Press the bushing into the arm up to the marking made on the bushing using the tools and press used to remove the bushing. Make sure the clearance is 0.3445-0.4234 inch (8.75-10.75mm) as illustrated.
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  5. Mark the front bushing for the inner side on the front lower arm (front) as illustrated.
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  7. Press the bushing into the arm up to the marking made on the bushing using the tools and press used to remove the outer side bushing.

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    Fig. Mark the front bushing for the outer side on the front lower arm (front) as shown-Mazda6 and Mazdaspeed6 models



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    Fig. Make sure the clearance is 0.3445-0.4234 inch (8.75-10.75mm) when installing the front bushing for the outer side on the front lower arm (front)-Mazda6 and Mazdaspeed6 models



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    Fig. Mark the front bushing for the inner side on the front lower arm (front) as shown-Mazda6 and Mazdaspeed6 models

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Front Arm (Rear Side)
  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the precautions section.
  2.  
  3. Remove the front lower control arm (rear).
  4.  
  5. Press the bushing from the front lower control arm (rear) using the tools illustrated. remove the arm from the press and use a hammer to remove the bushing completely.

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    Fig. Press the bushing from/into the front lower control arm (rear) using the removal/installer tools shown-Mazda6 and Mazdaspeed6 models

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To install:

  1. Mark the rear bushing on the front lower arm (rear) as illustrated.
  2.  
  3. Press the bushing into the arm up to the marking made on the bushing using the tools and press used to remove the bushing.
  4.  
  5. The clearance should be 0.936-1.013 inch (23-25mm) as illustrated once the bushing is seated properly.

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    Fig. Mark the rear bushing on the front lower arm (rear) as shown-Mazda6 and Mazdaspeed6 models



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    Fig. Install the rear bushing on the front lower arm (rear) as shown-Mazda6 and Mazdaspeed6 models



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    Fig. The rear bushing on the front lower arm (rear) should be 0.936-1.013 inch (23-25mm) once the bushing is seated properly-Mazda6 and Mazdaspeed6 models

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Rear Lower Control Arm
  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the precautions section.
  2.  
  3. Remove the lower control arm.
  4.  
  5. Press the bushing from the arm using the tools illustrated.

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    Fig. Press the bushing from the rear suspension lower control arm using the tools shown-Mazda6 and Mazdaspeed6 models

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To install:

  1. Press the bushing into the arm using the tools illustrated.
  2.  
  3. Install the lower control arm.

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    Fig. Press the bushing into the rear suspension lower control arm using the tools shown-Mazda6 and Mazdaspeed6 models

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Removal & Installation



The Mazda6 models have two lower control arms in the front suspension assembly, they are identified as the front lower control arm (Front side) and front lower control arm (rear side). They also have one rear suspension lower control arm, which will be identified as rear lower control arm.

Front


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Fig. Exploded view of the front upper control arm assembly-MX-5 Miata

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the precautions section.
    NOTE
    Refer the exploded view illustration for component locations and if applicable, their retainer torque specifications.


    CAUTION
    Performing the following procedures without first removing the ABS wheel-speed sensor may possibly cause an open circuit in the wiring harness if it is pulled by mistake. Before performing the following procedures, remove the ABS wheel-speed sensor (axle side) and fix it to an appropriate place where the sensor will not be pulled while servicing the vehicle.

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  3. Remove the caliper and mounting support from the steering knuckle and suspend it with a cable in a location out of the way.
  4.  
  5. Separate the front lower arm ball joint from the knuckle.
    NOTE
    When removing the front lower arm ball joint, the steering knuckle bushing may also come off. If it comes off, replace the steering knuckle.

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  7. Disconnect the tie-rod end.
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  9. Separate the front upper arm ball joint from the knuckle
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  11. Remove the front hub and steering knuckle assembly.
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  13. Remove the stabilizer control link nut on the front lower arm side.
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  15. Remove the front lower arm
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To install:

  1. Install the front lower arm rear side bushing part horizontally.
  2.  
  3. Install the front lower arm front side bushing part.
  4.  
  5. Install all components in the reverse of removal.
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  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the precautions section.
  2.  
  3. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Wheel
     
    Cotter pin
     
    Lower ball joint by loosening it
     

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  5. With the nut protecting the ball joint stud, separate the stud from the knuckle. Remove the nut.
    NOTE
    If removing the right side lower arm, move the engine and transaxle slightly towards the front side of the vehicle so the engine does not interfere with the lower arm rear side bolt removal.



    Cotter pin and nut from the tie-rod end
     
    Tie-rod end from the steering knuckle
     



    No. 1 engine mount center bolt.
     
    Engine and transaxle assembly slightly towards the front off the vehicle if necessary to remove the right lower arm
     
    Lower arm rear side bolt and the lower arm.
     
    Dust boot, if necessary
     

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To install:

  1. Install or connect the following:

    Dust boot, if removed using a press. Always fill the inside of the new boot with grease prior to installation.
     
    Lower control arm by loosely tightening the bolts and nuts
     
    No. 1 engine mount bolt and tighten to 68-86 ft. lbs. (93-116 Nm).
     

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  3. Tighten the lower control arm bolts to the specifications shown in the accompanying illustration.
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  5. Install the remaining components in the reverse order of removal, refer to the exploded view of the lower control arm assembly and related components illustration for component location and torque specifications.
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  7. Check and/or adjust the front wheel alignment.

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    Fig. Exploded view of the front lower control arm assembly and related components-Mazda3

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Front Arm (Front Side)

Refer to the accompanying illustration for component locations and torque specifications.

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the precautions section.
  2.  
  3. Remove the three way converter on models with the 3.0L (AJ) engine.
  4.  
  5. Separate the lower control arm (front) ball joint from the knuckle.
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  7. Remove the front shock lower bolt and the dynamic damper.
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  9. Remove the lower inner side arm bolt.
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  11. Remove the front lower arm (front).
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To install:

  1. Installation is the reverse of removal. refer to the illustration for bolt torque specifications.

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    Fig. Exploded view of the front suspension lower control arm (front) assembly-Mazda6 and Mazdaspeed6 models

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Front Arm (Rear Side)

Refer to the accompanying illustration for component locations and torque specifications.

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the precautions section.
  2.  
  3. Remove the wheels, engine under cover and splash shield.
  4.  
  5. Remove the steering gear and linkage bolts, pipe assembly from the crossmember and wire the assembly aside.
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  7. Remove the stabilizer bar link nut.
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  9. Separate the lower control arm (rear) ball joint from the knuckle.
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  11. Remove the No. 1 center bolt.
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  13. Support the crossmember with a jack and remove the crossmember bracket.
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  15. Remove the front lower arm (rear).
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To install:

  1. Installation is the reverse of removal. refer to the illustration for bolt torque specifications.

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    Fig. Exploded view of the front suspension lower control arm (rear) assembly-Mazda6 and Mazdaspeed6 models

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