Mazda Tribute 2001-06

Driveshaft, Bearing & Seal

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Removal & Installation





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Fig. Rear driveshaft and related components

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
    CAUTION
    The normal operating temperature of the exhaust system is very high. Never attempt to remove any part of the system until it has cooled. Be especially careful when working around the catalytic converters. The temperature of the converter rises to a high level after only a few minutes of engine operation. Failure to follow these instructions may result in personal injury.


    NOTE
    Do not swap driveshaft assembles from different vehicles

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  3. With the vehicle in NEUTRAL, position it on a hoist.
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  5. Remove the ground strap bolt.
    WARNING
    Do not reuse the CV-joint bolts and washers. Install new bolts and washers or damage to the vehicle may occur.

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  7. Remove and discard the 6 front driveshaft-to-transfer case bolts and washers. Index-mark the front driveshaft to the center bearing.
    WARNING
    Do not reuse the bolts and cap straps for the center U-joint. Install new bolts and cap straps or damage to the vehicle may occur.


    NOTE
    There is a difference in the length of the head of the replacement cap strap bolts from the production bolts. The longer head pinion bolts can be used in either location.

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  9. Remove and discard the 4 universal joint cap strap bolts and 2 cap straps and remove the front driveshaft.
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  11. Index-mark the pinion and yoke to the driveshaft.
    WARNING
    Do not reuse the bolts and cap straps for the rear U-joint. Install new bolts and cap straps.


    NOTE
    There is a difference in the length of the head of the replacement strap bolts from the production bolts. The longer head pinion bolts can be used in either location.

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  13. Remove and discard the 4 universal joint cap bolts and 2 cap straps from the rear driveshaft universal joint.
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  15. With the help of an assistant, remove the center bearing support nuts and the driveshaft.
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  17. To install, reverse the removal procedure. Observe the following torques:

    Center bearing support nuts: 48 Nm (35 ft. lbs.)
     
    Rear universal joint cap bolts: 23 Nm (17 ft. lbs.)
     
    Front universal joint cap strap bolts: 23 Nm (17 ft. lbs.)
     
    The 6 front driveshaft-to-transfer case bolts: 37 Nm (27 ft. lbs.)
     
    Ground strap bolt: 40 Nm (30 ft. lbs.)
     

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  19. If a driveshaft is installed and driveshaft vibration is encountered after installation, index the driveshaft.
    1. With the vehicle in NEUTRAL, position it on a hoist.
      WARNING
      Do not reuse the CV-joint bolts and washers. Install new bolts and washers or damage to the vehicle may occur.

    2.  

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  21. Remove and discard the 6 front driveshaft-to-transfer case bolts and washers.
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  23. Rotate the flange 60 degrees.
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  25. Connect the front driveshaft and install the 6 new bolts and washers. Tighten to 37 Nm (27 ft. lbs.).
    WARNING
    Do not reuse the bolts and cap straps for the pinion yoke. Install new bolts and cap straps or damage to the vehicle may occur.

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  27. Disconnect the rear driveshaft universal joint. Discard the 4 bolts and the 2 cap straps.
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  29. Rotate the rear pinion 180 degrees.
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  31. Connect the rear driveshaft and install 4 new bolts and 2 new cap straps. Tighten to 23 Nm (17 ft. lbs.).
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  33. Lower the vehicle and test drive.
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  35. Repeat the procedure if necessary.
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