Mazda Trucks 1994-1998 Repair Guide

Compression Rods

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All rear wheel drive MPV models are equipped with compression rods on each side of the front suspension.

REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



See Figures 1 and 2

  1. Raise and support the front end on jackstands.
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  3. Disconnect the stabilizer link at the compression rod.
  4.  
  5. Remove the compression rod-to-lower arm bolts.
  6.  
  7. Remove the compression rod end nut and washer.
  8.  

The end nut on the left compression rod may be equipped with left handed threads.



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Fig. Fig. 1: Compression rod removal and installation



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Fig. Fig. 2: Tighten the stabilizer bar end link bolt until 9-11mm of thread is visible above the nut

  1. Unbolt the compression rod fluid-filled bushing and remove the bushing and washers.
  2.  
  3. Check the bushing for signs of leakage. Replace it if leaking or damaged.
  4.  
  5. Install the compression rod and components in reverse order. Observe the following torques:

    Fluid-filled bushing bolts: 61-76 ft. lbs. (83-103 Nm)
     
    Compression rod end nut: 108-127 ft. lbs. (146-172 Nm)
     
    Compression rod-to-lower arm: 76-93 ft. lbs. (103-126 Nm)
     

  6.  
  7. Tighten the stabilizer bar end link bolt until 9-11mm of thread is visible above the nut.
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