Date Added: Saturday 29 April, 2006
Excellent service! Excellent deliver! And amazing price!
Taking the aerial off was a doddle. The trickiest part is removing the chrome wing cap (has 2 small holes opposite each other), once you have taken this off and removed the connector, inner support nut, and drainage tube, you can then take the aerial out and remove the 7 screws to take a look inside. More often than not the nylon cord (with teeth on it) has become detached from the aerial, and in some cases the cord itself has broken or had teeth sheared off. Check the condition of the gears (looking carefully at all the teeth) and then order one of these masts if the teeth are OK. (Incidentally, if you don't hear sound coming from the faulty aerial when trying to use it, you may have a different / additional fault ie. fuse, circuit, motor, gears) When fitting the new aerial its worth carefully bending the first 10" of the nylon cord, to get it as straight as possible to allow you to feed it back down the mast support and through the little hole at the bottom.
Start with the aerial almost fully extended and once you have fed the nylon through the inner hole, retract the aerial and pull the cord through (not using the gears at this stage). Align the nylon teeth with the gears, make sure mast is completely in place, then feed the nylon through the white plastic mask that will fit over the top of the gear area (ensure the nylon is aligned correctly with gear). Finally, carefully feed the all the excess nylon into the circular housing section and keep feeding it round (this isn't as difficult as it first appears).
Screw it all together and fit back on the car. Its worth using lubricant (fine, WD40) on the mast itself, and a light grease / oil on the nylon teeth.
This was a genuine Mazda spare and 100% exact replacement for the original. Removal took 20 minutes, replacing the mast and fitting back on the car took 15 minutes.
Rating: [5 of 5 Stars!]