2002 Protege popping noise

07-25-2007, 11:57 AM
I have a 2002 Mazda Protege DX with about 116,000 miles on it. Whenever I go over bumps of a certain size I hear a "popping" noise come from the rear right of the car. I haven't ever replaced the struts since the car was bought new and was wondering if that could be the problem or what else it could be. :banghead:

Doug Tatham
07-31-2007, 12:50 PM
You're probably on the right track. I'd have your brakes checked too, just in case.

07-31-2007, 07:56 PM
rear sway bar bushings and/or end links... if you can pack the support bushings with lube and the noise lessens then you need to replace the bushings.

08-31-2007, 10:46 AM
Jump on your back bumper and if it doesn't keep bouncing like a prom-night limo than your struts are OK. If this is the case than it is eaither the bushing or the mounting plate. Eaither one pretty cheap but some dissasembly required. It could be a brake thing but I would think less likely since you are only hearing it on big bumps which means strut is likely cushioning to some extent.

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