Removing and installing the drive shaft (automatic vehicles) Mazda 3

Remove drive shafts for replacement or repair

Fig. 1 Components of the front drive shaft: 1 - boot clamp (from the side of the wheel); 2 – a collar of a cover (from a gear box); 3 - hinge body; 4 - retaining ring; 5 - hinge type tripod; 6 - free ring; 7 - cover; 8 - the rotor of the sensor of the anti-lock braking system of brakes (with anti-lock braking system of brakes); 9 - shaft and ball joint; 10 - dynamic damper

The components of the front drive shaft are shown in fig. 1.


Remove the boot clamp (on the wheel side) with special pliers as shown in Figure 2.

Fig. 2 Removing the boot clamp (on the wheel side) with special pliers

Pry off the locking clips of the clamp with a screwdriver.

Fig. 3 Removing the boot strap (gearbox side)

Pull out the end of the clamp (fig. 3)

Fig. 4 Marking the joint housing and drive shaft

Mark the hinge body and shaft for subsequent assembly (Fig. 4).

Remove the hinge housing.

Fig. 5 Marking the Drive Shaft and Tripod

Mark the shaft and tripod for later assembly (fig. 5).

Remove the circlip using circlip pliers. Remove the tripod connection from the shaft.

Do not hit the tripod with a hammer.

The wheel side boot must not be removed except when replacing the boot, shaft or ball joint. Do not remove the tape until the case is assembled.

Fig. 6 Protecting the splines of the drive shaft

Wrap the shaft splines with masking tape (fig. 6). Remove the cover.

Do not remove the anti-lock brake sensor rotor (vehicles with anti-lock brakes) unless required.

Do not reuse a removed sensor rotor

Fig. 7 Removing the anti-lock brake sensor rotor from the drive shaft

Knock the anti-lock brake sensor rotor off the drive shaft with a chisel (fig. 7).

Remove the dynamic damper


Fig. 8 Installing the dynamic damper

Install the dynamic damper as shown in Figure 8.

Standard length: 334.7 - 340.7 mm.

Install the new boot clamp on the dynamic damper.

Fig. 9 Pressing the new anti-lock brake sensor rotor onto the drive shaft

Install the new anti-lock brake sensor rotor onto the drive shaft and press it on using the special tools (fig. 9).

Fill the boot (wheel side) with grease.

The covers on the side of the wheel and on the side of the gearbox are different.

Do not touch the grease with your hands.

Apply lube from the tube, keep contaminants out of the case.

Amount of grease: 90-110 g

Install the cover without removing the adhesive tape that was wrapped around the shaft splines during disassembly.

Remove the tape.

Fig. 10 Installing the tripod

Align the marks made during removal and install the tripod using a rod and a hammer (fig. 10).

Install the new circlip using circlip pliers.

Make sure the circlip fits into the groove of the shaft

Fill the pivot housing and boot (gearbox side) with grease. Grease quantity: 195-215g

Install the hinge body. Set the standard drive shaft length.

Fig. 11 Bleeding the covers with a screwdriver

Purge the air from the covers by prying up the edges of the smaller ends of the covers with a cloth-wrapped screwdriver (fig. 11).

Be careful not to leak grease.

Do not damage the covers. Make sure the length of the drive shaft is within specification.

Bend the clamp in the opposite direction of the rotation of the drive shaft when the vehicle is moving forward, and use a pair of pliers to tighten the clamp tightly.

Fig. 12 Fitting the boot strap (gearbox side)

Lock the end of the clamp by bending the locking clips (fig. 12).

Insert the collar securely into the groove.

Adjust gap "A" by turning the adjusting bolt of the special tool (fig. 13). Gap "A" : 2.9 mm

Fig. 13 Adjusting clearance "A" of the boot (wheel side)

Squeeze the small boot clamp on the side of the wheel using the tool. Check that the gap "B" is within the limits (Fig. 14).

Fig. 14 Adjusting clearance B of the boot (wheel side)

If gap "B" is too large, reduce the gap of the special tool and compress the boot again.

If clearance "B" is less than specification, replace boot clamp, increase special tool clearance and compress new boot.

Gap "B" : 2.4 - 2.8 mm. Make sure that the boot strap does not protrude from the boot strap installation area.

If so, replace the boot strap and reinstall. Fill the case with grease from the repair kit.

Adjust gap "B" by turning the adjusting bolt of the special tool.

Gap "B" : 3.2 mm. Make sure that the strap of the boot does not protrude from the installation area.