Mazda RX-8 2004-06

Transmission Removal & Installation

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  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
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  3. Refer to the illustration for component location and torque specifications.
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  5. Drain the transaxle oil.
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  7. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Engine cover
     
    Front and rear tunnel supports
     
    Oxygen sensor connector
     
    Catalytic converter
     
    Middle exhaust pipe
     
    Rear silencer
     
    Exhaust manifold stay
     
    Manual shaft lever after match marking its position
     
    Heat insulator
     
    Transverse member
     
    Starter
     
    Under cover
     
    Torque converter nuts
     
    Drive plate bolts
     
    Connector bolt
     
    Washer
     
    Oil pipe and hose
     
    Insulator
     
    Oil filler tube
     
    Transmission range switch connector
     
    Solenoid valve connector
     
    VSS connector
     
    Turbine sensor connector
     
    Connector wire loom
     
    Power plant frame
     

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  9. Support the transmission with a suitable jack
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  11. Support the rear differential with a block of wood.
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  13. Place match marks on the driveshaft, then remove the driveshaft.
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  15. Remove the transmission bolts and the transmission.

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    Fig. Exploded view of the automatic transaxle assembly mounting-RX-8

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To install:

  1. Install the transmission and tighten the mounting bolts to 28-38 ft. lbs. (37-52 Nm).
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  3. Support the transmission with a jack and install the power plant frame. Temporarily tighten the bolts in the sequence shown.
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  5. Raise the front end of the frame and adjust dimension A to 1.91-2.22 inches (48.4-56.4mm).
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  7. Tighten the power plant frame bolts in the sequence shown to 93-113 ft. lbs. (126-154 Nm) for bolts 1 and 2 and 55-69 ft. lbs. (75-93 Nm) for bolt 3.

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    Fig. Tighten the power plant frame bolts using this sequence-RX-8



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    Fig. Measure the distance A which should be 1.91-2.22 inch (48.4-56.4mm)-RX-8

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  9. Install the torque converter nuts and drive plate bolts and tighten them equally and evenly to 26-36 ft. lbs. (34-49 Nm).
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  11. Install or connect the following:

    Driveshaft
     
    Connector wire loom
     
    Turbine sensor connector
     
    VSS connector
     
    Solenoid valve connector
     
    Transmission range switch connector
     
    Oil filler tube
     
    Insulator
     
    Oil pipe and hose
     
    Washer
     
    Connector bolt
     
    Under cover
     
    Starter
     
    Transverse member
     
    Heat insulator
     
    Manual shaft lever
     
    Exhaust manifold stay
     
    Rear silencer
     
    Middle exhaust pipe
     
    Catalytic converter
     
    Oxygen sensor connector
     
    Front and rear tunnel supports
     
    Engine cover
     

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  13. Fill the transmission with fluid. Road test the vehicle and check for leaks. Top off all fluids as needed.
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  15. On models with dynamic suspension, perform the steering angle sensor initialization procedure.
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