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Front wheel noise

I have a 1997 Mazda protege w around 98,000 miles. sort of a "knocking" noise coming from right wheel. Speeds up/slows down with car speed. Is it a bad wheel bearing and if so, is it difficult to change for an "amateur" mechanic

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Does this knocking noise mostly happen when you are turning the car? If so this is caused by a worn CV joint. It's not an expensive fix, but I would rather go to a mechanic than attempt it without prior knowledge of how to repair this. I hope this helps.

Posted on May 09, 2009

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SOURCE: How to replace knock senor switch on 2002 mazda protege 5


Removal & Installation

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2. Remove the intake manifold.
  3. Disconnect the sensor connector.
  4. Remove the sensor from the engine block.
  5. Installation is the reverse of the removal procedure.

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  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2. Remove the intake manifold bracket.
  3. Disconnect the sensor connector.
  4. Remove the sensor from the engine block using special tool 49H018001 or equivalent.
  5. Installation is the reverse of the removal procedure.

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