Question about 2002 Mazda Protege
Posted on Mar 16, 2011
A bearing noise can be verified by getting the car to the speed where
you hear the bearing noise and rock the steering side to side causing
the weight of the car to shift from side to side, if it's a bearing the
noise will come and go. Likely unless you have hit a curb or had an accident that impacted a
wheel heavily, the tires are your problem. tire cupping is generally
caused by not rotating your tires often enough and possibly a slight
If you just want to check your wheel bearings for wear without removing the wheels, do the following:
1. Jack up your vehicle: Support it on jack stands.
2. Without getting under the vehicle, grasp each wheel at the top and bottom and attempt to rock it: There should be minimal movement. Excessive play may indicate that the wheel bearing is worn and needs adjustment or replacement.
3. Put the gearshift in Neutral if you have an automatic transmission, or take your manual transmission out of gear.
4. Rotate the wheel: Listen for any unusual noise and feel for any roughness as it rotates, which may indicate that the bearing is damaged and needs to be replaced.
Shift back into Park (for an automatic transmission) or gear (for a manual transmission) before lowering the vehicle to the ground.
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Posted on Mar 15, 2011
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