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Old 02-22-2018, 09:45 PM
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What the heck are these for?

by https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/, on Flickr

The first one I found on the floor after bleeding the brakes. Then I found another tonight after pulling a wheel off again to work on the suspension. It seemed to fall from the hub area but I can't be sure. They both look brand new, and the only brand new thing I put on recently are wheels (that have only been driven about 30 ft). I'm guessing they aren't important but am curious nonetheless.

edit: no idea why two photos pop up either when I only pasted in 1 link. weird

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Old 02-23-2018, 06:50 PM
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Got no idea either..I know most Mazda parts, but this one leaves me scratching my head.
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Old 02-24-2018, 12:02 PM
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Possible they're springs that hold the plastic wheel center cap in place?
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What is the diameter of the piece?
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Without having a size, I can only surmise they are the springs for the centre caps.

I suspect that you or the previous owner have taken off the caps and broken one of the plastic prongs, allowing them to fall out.

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