Question about 2002 Mazda Protege
While going over bumps and in park turn the steering wheel and clunking noise starts. while driving you can feel it on the driver side
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: 2002 Mazda Protege 5: I
I would check the sway bar linkages, they are usually the first to go, and they are only $40. Its an easy 'do it yourself' project, remove the old one with torches or a grinder (with a small cutting wheel). You can also use a vise grip and sockets but it takes longer.
You can't tell these are damaged until you remove the part. I change mine every 100 000km or so.
Posted on Dec 12, 2008
SOURCE: Grinding noise in front end
Had the exact same problem, on a used 2003 Protege ES with 82,000 miles that I purchased.
Started with the loud "road noise" I thought well maybe thats just the sound that it makes.
And then noticed that it varies when turning.
This will continue to get worse and then your abs light will come on when it gets bad enough to trigger the sensor..
It turned out to be a bad wheel bearing.
Take it to a shop and have an experienced mechanic check it out. Its repairable.
Posted on Apr 30, 2009
a worn strut could make that noise but it could also be the strut mount its self the only true way to see if it is the problem is to remove it from the vechicle. but if you dont feel the need to do this try spraying some rust check or lubricant onto everything that you see that moves. i hope this helps.
Posted on May 05, 2009
iam am no doubt totally wrong here ,but i would first of all check the power steering fluid level ,then turn steering from left to right with engine running and check the fluid level again
Posted on Dec 23, 2009
SOURCE: Suspension noise?
If the alignment was checked then the mechanic had to shake down the front end to look for any loose parts that would effect it. Sway bar links on Mazadas commonly make noise and are not checked while doing alignment. (they do not effect tire wear) If you are handy enough to take your front wheels off you can check for play in these joints. There is a bar that runs through your car and connects to either the strut or the lower control arm. Try moving the links that connect the bar up and down to see if there is any play. Usually they loose grease and make clunking noises while force is applied. The strut mounts could also be going bad, but you would here the noise all the time.
Posted on Jan 06, 2010
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