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My 2003 Mazda Protege has 111,700 miles and makes a roaring noise with some vibration at around 20 mph but goes away when I accelerate to higher speeds. I have 17 inch custom rims with low profile tires on it and I get a good amount of noise once I pass that 20 mph point. It makes the same but slightly louder roaring and vibrating noise while braking once I reach the 20 mph point, I experience a small amount of steering looseness at higher speeds and when I am going at higher speed say 60 mph for example when I let off the gas I feel some drag that makes the car loose speed faster then it should. I've done some research and think the best candidate for the cause of this problem is bad wheel bearings but I am questioning that since the noises are most apparent at that 20 mph point. Please help me with this mystery!

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Bring in the car to a PROFESSIONAL shop. Mention your problem & ask about a wheel balance, alignment & make your problem clear before any work is done. Mention bearings etc. Ive dealt w millions of csrs at my own private shop & that would be your best approach. NO JIFFY LUBE TYPE SHOP

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SOURCE: Front wheel noise

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.

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SOURCE: oscillating vibration around 60-70 mph in 6th gear

sounds like a cv joint to me. That is what usually occurs when one is showing wear. C.V joints usually wear out between 80,000 and 120,000 k.m.

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SOURCE: 2.5, 6 cylinder miles 120K vibration/noise at 45 -

Symptoms indicate tires out of balance. Can't necessarily tell by looking. If you want to troubleshhot yourself, try rotating front tires to back. If it gets better, you know the front tires were out of balance.

Posted on Aug 30, 2010

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