Question about Mazda Protege
If your brakes are making a rattling noise and/or you are feeling a vibration it is EXTREMELY important to get them checked by a qualified professional. I know it sucks to go see a mechanic, but brakes are one of the most important safety components on your vehicle. If your brakes stop working suddenly you or someone else could be seriously injured or killed. Not worth the risk!
That being said, it could be any number of problems. It's possible that it is minor. Often times a rattling or scraping sound means that your pads are completely worn out and they are scraping on the rotors when you apply the brakes.
Once in a while there could be a piece of gravel, metal, or other road debris that has gotten caught between the disk/drum and pad/shoe. If this is the case, while it is not a major problem, it is doing damage to you disks/rotors/drums every single time you use them. The longer you wait the worse it will get.
It could be ver major though! It could be broken calipers or shoes, which means they are not fully functional, will likely worsen, and could break and fall off at any moment.
Finally, it is possible that it may not even be a brake problem. Rather, it could be in suspension, axle, bushing, bearing, etc.
What to take away from this is that while car problems are never fun, they only get worse, more dangerous, and more expensive the longer you wait. If you are worried about dealing with shady mechanics go to a corporate chain like Pep Boys or Les Schwab, where they have set prices and work hard to help you, and won't manipulate you due to a lack of car savvy. Good luck!
Posted on Jul 13, 2013
If is like little whistle may be jus cut the disc,but if the sound is like some thing scrape, is possible you have no brake pad
Posted on Jul 12, 2013
Testimonial: "More of a scraping sound in the front when my car as it gradually reaches the idle position after using the brakes.then i accelerate and it eventually goes away"
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: front end rattle
It's a loose steering column. Remove the black plastic shield under the steering wheel. Lossen the bolt that holds the two shafts together, slide them together as far as they'll go, and re-tighten the bolt. It's that simple... to stop that annoying rattle.
Posted on May 15, 2009
I would have your car check a.s.a.p be fore u stay stranded for a minor repair and you would need to pay Recker and a machanic shop to have car towed there. It could simply be cvjoint minor repair.
Posted on Mar 01, 2010
have you checked the wheel nuts are tight and its not the wheel rattling becuase ball joints usally bang and klang but it would be wise to get it checked anyway
Posted on Mar 25, 2010
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