2003 Other Mazda Models 2003 Mazda Protege 5 2.0L DOHC makin

  • 2003 MAZDA
  • 4 CYL
  • FWD
  • 72,000 MILES
Hey 2CarPros,

I just bought a used Mazda Protege 5 from 2003. There were alot of unknowns but I got it for an amazing price. The engine was replaced because the original had a rear cam journal rod seize, and the refurbished engine that came from Japan had 22,000 miles on it. I think it was driven pretty hard because when I bought it the oil was low and sticky. There was 1/16 of little metal shavings on the magnetic drain plug, but there were no noises, or knocks and the engine sounded good. I took the chance. To date the refurb engine has 35000 miles on it. I have had spark plugs, struts, battery, trainsmission fluid, tires, brakes and belts replaced recently. With all this taken into account the car has developed a rather annoying because I'm listening for it, phantom sound that I cannot here when the car is parked and idling. Basically when I accelerate between 2000 and 3000 rpm and only during acceleration, there is a tinny shuddering clicking sound like a tin card in a bicycle spoke. I can hear it over the engine lifter sounds, and all other belt sounds. If I accelerate slowly I can hear it more, but if I push down the gas and go for it, the clicks either get to fast to hear or, it stops. If I engage the clutch of course the sounds stops as well as it seems to be linked to acceleration.

What do you think could be causing this sound. It is not a knock. It isn't a ping so much, and I can't locate it, though it sometimes seems to come from the right of the vehicle. There are no noted performance issues at this time.
Do you
have the same problem?
Tuesday, January 26th, 2010 AT 7:34 PM

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You may have a bad motor mount causing a vibration/rubbing when accelerating. Try tapping on the exhaust system as well to see if it has a lose heat shield that is rattling when you are on thegas, that is fairly common. Check the exhaust and motor mounts and get back to me
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Wednesday, January 27th, 2010 AT 7:58 AM

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