How to Pull a Miata Drive Shaft

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How to Pull a Miata Drive Shaft
The driveshaft connects the engine to the differential. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

The driveshaft in a Mazda Miata is used to transfer power from the transmission to the rear wheels. A faulty driveshaft will require removal to replace. A bad driveshaft can be as little as a bad fitting holding it in to the differential to a warped driveshaft which could cause the car to vibrate when operated. Removing the driveshaft will only take a few minutes once the car is raised.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Jack stands
  • Jack
  • Socket wrench
  • Socket set

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Chock the front wheels to prevent the car from rolling forward when the car is raised. Ensure the car is either in "Park" or "Reverse." This is depending on if the car is a manual or automatic transmission.

  2. 2

    Place a jack under the rear differential and raise the car up. Place jack stands under the rear end and lower the car on to the jack stands.

  3. 3

    Locate the back of the driveshaft. Unscrew the two bolts on the yoke where it goes in to the rear-end.

  4. 4

    Place a drain pan under the back of the transmission. Gear oil will drain out of the transmission once the driveshaft is removed.

  5. 5

    Pull the driveshaft out of the transmission as it will slide out. Pull the driveshaft out from under the car.

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