2002 Mazda Protege oscillating, dampening clunking noise

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Noises problem
2002 Mazda Protege 4 cyl Front Wheel Drive 13000 miles

I have a question. My car is a 2002 mazda protege 5 with 130,000 miles on it. Recently, after a long road trip from Alaska to Oregon a clunking noise has developed in the front driver side wheel well. IT is more of a vibrating clunking noise as when I go over bumps, it doesn't just clunk once, but rather clunks in a "vibrating" matter until eventually it dampens out. I noticed the phenomenon especially when I go over a speed bump and I get a whole series of clunks. What gets me, is that the clunking goes away if I am driving over bumps while turning the wheel either left or right. In addition, I have noticed that when I am driving at around 2000 rpms (it's an automatic) I can hear an constant, oscillating noise that seems to correlate to my tire speed. This noise is ALSO coming from the driver side wheel well. I have driven over bumps with my brakes pressed and still get the noise and I have jacked the car up and tried to wiggle the wheel back and forth but found it to be as solid as the passenger side. One thing of note, I stuck my hand up in the boot of the strut and could feel a long rubber piece that I could move up and down the smooth shaft, but couldn't find this on the passenger side when it was jacked up.

any ideas? Thoughts?


displaced alaskan "Chris"

Do you
have the same problem?
Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008 AT 7:15 PM

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