All Mazda-s use a pressed in control arm bushing, and the pressing can be done using two appropriately sized sockets (a press socket and a catch socket) and a large bench vise.
- Position the control arm and the 2 sockets into a vise.
- Position the press socket onto the control arm bushing.
- Position the catch socket onto the control arm, opposite of the press socket.
- Tighten the bench vise slowly and press the bushing into the catch socket.
- Apply soapy water to the new control arm bushing.
- Position the bushing against the control arm.
- Using the same sockets, in the same positions, press the new bushing into the control arm.
Removal & Installation
- Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the precautions section.
- Remove the wheel.
- Remove the ABS sensor.
- Disconnect the parking brake cable.
- Support the rear trailing link with a jack.
- Remove the rear shock absorber lower bolt.
- Remove the front trailing link bolt.
- Remove the rear upper arm bolt and the arm.
- Install the arm and the rear bolt.
- Attach the bolt to the trailing link front side.
- Tighten the rear upper bolt to 68-93 ft. lbs. (93-126 Nm) and the trailing link bolt to 63-86 ft. lbs. (86-116 Nm).
- Install the lower shock absorber bolt and tighten to 68-93 ft. lbs. (93-126 Nm).
- Attach the parking brake cable.
Install the ABS sensor.
Install the wheel.