Question about 2004 Mazda 3
Depends on the noise that is being made. Brake jobs are bad for gouging people if you take it to a shop and dont know what to expect. Breakes either squeel or grind if the need to be replaced. The only way to tell though is to remove the tires and look. Because while some brake pads have wear indicators that squeel. DUST will cause the same sound. IF you get to a grinding noise then you have a problem because the pad has worn all the way down to the metal backing and you are wearing the disk out. You need to have all the wheels checked when the brakes are being inspected because one can wear different.
The most common sound that a car makes when something is wrong and you are turning is a thumping sound. Low speed hard turns. This means that a CV joint is bad.
A belt tensioner is a device on the ENGINE that keeps the large belt tight. THe large belt runs things like the alternator, power steering, air conditioning.
Some places recommend that you have the brake FLUID replaced when you have the brakes serviced. In that case they drain the fluid out of the brakes and then run a solvent (BG is a maker of solvent) You dont have to have it all done.
To give you an idea on a cheap easy brake job with nothing wrong. YOu are looking 60 dollars in parts/
Posted on Jul 16, 2010
Whoa Nellie, Let me take these one at a time, You didn't say what kind of noise it is, is it, Crunch,? bang? whine?, metal to metal grind? Tap Tap Tap? What? The belt tensioner taps like crazy with the engine running, if it is bad, it is in the front of the engine, under the covers, that is the timing belt tensioner, the serpentine belt, if you have one, is a pulley that will whine when it goes bad, or squeal. Your front pads will grind sharply when worn down to the Squealer, like fingernails on the chalk board, only 20 times louder. A crunching sound when you turn will be the ball joints or tie rod ends, neither of them should be bad, but you never know. The brake flush, you only need when you have no brakes. I don't think your struts or shocks will make noise in a turn, only on the bumps. But it ,might be worth it to check them if you can't find anything else. If you jack up the front wheel and get a big bar under the tire and lift, you will need somebody to lift while you peek at the front end parts to see if they are moving more than they should, you can grab the tire and shake it back and forth to see the same left and right. Then put the car down and turn the wheel and watch the front end parts move. Check it out. Hope this helps.
Posted on Jul 16, 2010
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