Mazda Tribute 2001-06

Axle Assembly

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Removal & Installation



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

    Negative battery cable
     
    Rotary blade coupling
     
    Rear halfshafts
     
    Axle assembly-to-front bracket bolts
     
    Rear axle-to-side bracket bolts
     
    Axle assembly
     

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To install:

  1. Install or connect the following:

    Axle assembly
     
    Rear axle-to-side-bearing bolts. Torque the bolts to 59 ft. lbs. (80 Nm).
     
    Axle assembly-to-front bracket bolts. Torque the bolts to 59 ft. lbs. (80 Nm).
     
    Rotary blade coupling
     
    Negative battery cable
     

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  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
  2.  
  3. Remove the negative battery cable
  4.  
  5. Remove the halfshaft.
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  7. Disconnect the electrical connector.
    NOTE
    Drain the differential fluid into a suitable drain pan.

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  9. Remove the bolts and the rear differential cover.
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  11. Drain the differential fluid from the housing.
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  13. Remove the six bolts and rotary blade coupling assembly.
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  15. Remove or disconnect:

    Rear halfshafts
     
    Axle assembly-to-front bracket bolts
     
    Rear axle-to-side bracket bolts
     
    Axle assembly

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    Fig. Differential housing-to-front insulator bracket bolts-2001-2004 vehicles



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    Fig. Front insulator bracket-to-subframe bolts-2001-2004 vehicles



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    Fig. Differential housing-to-side insulator bracket bolts-2001-2004 vehicles



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    Fig. Rotary blade coupling-2001-2004 vehicles

     

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To install:

  1. Install or connect the following:
    WARNING
    Make sure the machined surfaces on the rear axle housing, the differential housing cover and the rotary blade coupling housing are clean and free of oil before installing the new silicone sealant. The inside of the rear axle must be covered when cleaning the machined surface to prevent contamination.



    Axle assembly
     
    Rear axle-to-side-bearing bolts. Torque the bolts to 59 ft. lbs. (80 Nm).
     
    Axle assembly-to-front bracket bolts. Torque the bolts to 59 ft. lbs. (80 Nm).
     

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  3. Clean the gasket mating surfaces of the differential housing, the differential housing cover and the rotary blade coupling housing.
    NOTE
    Make sure the grommet is seated all the way in the slot.


    NOTE
    The rotary blade coupling assembly must be installed within 15 minutes of application of the silicone, or new sealant must be applied. If possible, allow one hour before filling with lubricant to make sure the silicone sealant has properly cured.

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  5. Apply a new continuous bead of clear silicone rubber to the rotary blade coupling housing.
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  7. Install the rotary blade coupling assembly and six bolts. Torque to 24 ft. lbs. (32 Nm).
    NOTE
    The differential housing cover must be installed within 15 minutes of application of the silicone, or new sealant must be applied. If possible, allow one hour before filling with lubricant to make sure the silicone sealant has properly cured.



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    Fig. Apply a new continuous bead of clear silicone rubber to the differential housing cover as shown-2001-2004 vehicles

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  9. Apply a new continuous bead of clear silicone rubber to the differential housing cover as shown in the illustration.
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  11. Install the differential housing cover and bolts. Torque to 17 ft. lbs. (23 Nm).
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  13. Connect the electrical connector.
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  15. Install the driveshaft.
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  17. Fill the rear axle with 1.4 liters (2.95 pints) of rear axle lubricant. Tighten the filler plug. Torque to 20 ft. lbs. (27 Nm).
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  19. Connect the negative battery cable.
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Fig. Rear drive axle removal-2005-2006 vehicles

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
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  3. Remove the spare tire.
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  5. Remove the rear driveshaft assembly.
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  7. Remove the rear halfshafts.
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  9. Position a suitable transaxle hydraulic jack to the axle housing. Securely strap the jack to the housing.
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  11. Remove the electrical connector at the axle.
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  13. Remove the rear axle differential housing-to-front insulator bracket bolts.
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  15. Remove the front insulator-to-bracket subframe bolts.
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  17. Remove the front insulator brackets.
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  19. Remove the side insulator bracket-to-subframe nut.
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  21. Remove the side insulator bracket-to-subframe bolt.
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  23. Remove the rear axle assembly.
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  25. Remove the side insulator bracket-to-rear axle differential bolts.
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  27. Remove the side insulator bracket.
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  29. To install, reverse the removal procedure. Observe the following torques:

    Axle housing-to-front insulator bracket: 59 ft. lbs. (80 Nm)
     
    Front insulator-to-bracket subframe bolts: 85 ft. lbs. (115 Nm)
     
    Side insulator bracket-to-subframe nut: 85 ft. lbs. (115 Nm)
     
    Side insulator bracket-to-differential bolts: 59 ft. lbs. (80 Nm) on 2005 vehicles and 66 ft. lbs. (90 Nm) for 2006 vehicles
     

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