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NOTICE No: MT000003962
MODEL: Mazda MPV YEAR: 2002-2003
AFFECTED VINs: N/A
SUBJECT: Popping Noise from Front Inner Fender Area
DETAILS:

Symptoms and Conditions:

When making a right or left turn on a road with a dip, there may be a popping/tapping noise coming from the front fender wheel area. The noise sounds like something may be hitting the fender when the vehicle hits the dip and the front strut spring is compressed.

Repair Procedure:

The root cause of the noise may be the plastic inner fender panel hitting the front strut coil spring during spring compression.

  1. Road test the vehicle and confirm the noise occurs only when the suspension is compressed, and determine if the noise is on the left or right side of the vehicle.
  2. If the noise is present, raise the vehicle on a hoist and check the strut coil spring for a 'rubbing' mark indicating the spring has made contact with the plastic inner fender panel.
  3. Make a mark (chalk or marker) where the inner fender panel and spring could make contact. Then remove the inner fender panel and cut a small portion of the plastic inner fender panel where marked. Only remove enough plastic to prevent the spring from contacting the inner fender panel.
  4. Re-install the inner fender panel and confirm the noise is gone.
CONSUMER NOTICE:
The information and instructions in this notice are intended for use by skilled technicians. Mazda technicians utilize the proper tools/equipment and take training to correctly and safely maintain Mazda vehicles. These instructions should not be performed by "do-it-yourselfers." Consumers should not assume this notice applies to their vehicle or that their vehicle will develop the described concern. To determine if the information applies, consumers should contact their nearest authorized Mazda dealership.
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