Mazda Tribute 2001-06

Pinion Seal

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Removal & Installation



  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
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  3. With the vehicle in NEUTRAL, position it on a hoist.
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  5. Index-mark the pinion and pinion flange to the rear of the driveshaft.
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  7. Remove the 4 bolts and the 2 cap straps. Disconnect and support the driveshaft.
    NOTE
    Discard the nut after removing it. Install a new nut during installation.



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    Fig. Flange holding tool installation

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  9. Using the special tool, hold the pinion flange while removing the nut. Remove the nut.
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  11. Index-mark the location of the pinion to the yoke.

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    Fig. Removing the pinion flange

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  13. Using a puller, remove the pinion flange.

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    Fig. Removing the pinion seal

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  15. Using the special tool, remove the seal.
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To install:


NOTE
Make sure that the mating surface is clean before installing the new seal.



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Fig. Installing the pinion seal

  1. Using a seal driver, install the seal.
    NOTE
    Lubricate the pinion flange with premium long-life grease.

  2.  
  3. Line up the index marks and position the pinion flange.
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  5. Using the special tool, install the pinion nut. Tighten to 244 Nm (180 ft. lbs.).
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  7. Line up the index marks and position the rear driveshaft.
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  9. Install the 2 cap straps and the 4 bolts. Tighten to 23 Nm (17 ft. lbs.).
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