Hi all and many thanks!
I signed up for this forum a while back when working on my mazda 3 2004/05. The information I found here helped me with replacement of struts, brakes, AC filter and front wheel bearings. The wheel bearing was the toughest job so far I have done on the car. I learned important lessons:
- mazda 3 made in 2004 has different wheel bearings than 2005
- replacement of single wheel bearing can screw up your cruise control (fixed by replacing both sides)
- cheap wheel bearing hubs ~ $50 comes in different boxes (timken, moog, duralast) but from the same factory! Seriously, they are exactly same if you put them side by side. In the end I contacted directly Moog and learned that only Summit racing is official dealer - got it from them and the difference was obvious right out of the box.
Anyway, that is my intro.
I am now facing some new problem with my car so will post it on the forum as soon as I get the privilege.