Mazda RX-8 2004-06

Removal & Installation

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Electronic Power Steering



  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
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  3. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Negative battery cable
     
    Front wheels
     
    Splash shield
     
    Radiator bracket
     
    Cotter pins and nuts from both steering tie rod ends
     

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  5. Press the tie rod out from the knuckle arm.

    Intermediate shaft to steering gear pinion shaft bolt. Mark the shaft-to-gear location.
     
    Shaft from the steering gear
     
    Torque sensor connector
     
    Electronic Power Steering (ESP) motor connector
     
    Steering gear mounting nuts
     
    Steering gear and linkage from the vehicle
     

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To install:

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Fig. Exploded view of steering gear mounting-RX-8



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Fig. Steering gear bolt tightening sequence-RX-8

  1. Install or connect the following:

    Steering gear and linkage to the vehicle. Torque the bolts in sequence to 55-77 ft. lbs. (75-104 Nm).
     
    Steering shaft to the steering gear pinion shaft, align the marks made during removal and tighten the bolt to 19 ft. lbs. (26 Nm)
     
    Tie rod ends to the knuckle arm. Torque the nuts to 27-36 ft. lbs. (37-49 Nm).
     
    Electronic Power Steering (ESP) motor connector
     
    Torque sensor connector
     
    New cotter pins
     
    Radiator bracket
     
    Splash shield
     
    Wheels
     
    Negative battery cable
     

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  3. Check and/or adjust the front end alignment.
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  5. On models with dynamic suspension, perform the steering angle sensor initialization procedure.
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