My dad bought this 2010 Mazda 3 new. It had tire noise from day one. The rear tires would develop cupping in just a few thousand miles. He had to rotate them often but that just helped mask the problem and never solved it. He went through several sets of tires of various quality brands and all had the cupping issue on the rear.
At Track Night I noticed a whirring noise when I was idling
on grid in neutral. The noise would go
away if I mashed the clutch pedal. I had
heard a similar noise on the back straight at Road Atlanta back in February, so
I decided to check into it closer.
With the car on the lift idling in neutral, there was
definitely a noise coming from the middle of the torque tube. I decided it was time to change the bearings.
I read through the procedure on Clarks Garage. I also watched some Youtube videos. These looked intimidating, but I decided I had to give it a go.
I began by removing the shifter from the rod and the torque tube. I then removed the transaxle.
Just getting to Track Night was an adventure this time. I decided to try out my new to me Ford F250
tow vehicle. I first took the trailer to
work with me before heading down to Atlanta Motorsports Park.