Mazda RX-8 2004-06

Wheel Bearings

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Adjustment



The rear wheel bearings are not adjustable. If the bearings become loose or make noise, they must be replaced.

Removal & Installation



  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.
    NOTE
    The wheel bearings are not serviceable. If the bearings are bad, a new hub/bearing assembly must be installed.

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  5. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Rear wheels
     
    ABS wheel speed sensor
     

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  7. Raise the staked portion of the axle retaining nut with a hammer and chisel.
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  9. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Axle nut
     
    Parking brake cable
     
    Rear caliper and rotor assembly from the hub
     
    Rear lateral link upper ball joint
     
    Stabilizer bar lower link
     
    Rear lateral link lower ball joint
     
    Lower shock absorber bolt
     
    Rear trailing link lower outside bolt
     
    Rear trailing link upper ball joint
     
    Toe control link outside bolt
     
    Axle shaft
     
    Wheel hub/knuckle assembly
     

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  11. Press the wheel hub from the knuckle.
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  13. Press the bearing inner race from the wheel hub.
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  15. Press the wheel bearing from the rear knuckle.

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    Fig. Exploded view of the rear wheel hub and bearing-RX-8

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To install:

  1. Press the wheel bearing into the rear knuckle.
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  3. Press the bearing inner race into the wheel hub.
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  5. Press the wheel hub into the knuckle.
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  7. Install or connect the following:

    Wheel hub/knuckle assembly. Tighten the bolts to 23-31 ft. lbs. (31-42 Nm).
     
    Axle shaft
     
    Toe control link outside bolt
     
    Rear trailing link upper ball joint
     
    Rear trailing link lower outside bolt and tighten to 56-75 ft. lbs. (76-102 Nm).
     
    Lower shock absorber bolt and tighten to 65-88 ft. lbs. (86-119 Nm).
     
    Rear lateral link lower ball joint
     
    Stabilizer bar lower link and tighten to 32-45 ft. lbs. (43-61 Nm).
     
    Rear lateral link upper ball joint
     
    Rear caliper and rotor assembly
     
    Parking brake cable
     
    Axle nut and tighten to 174-203 ft. lbs. (235-275 Nm).
     

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