Some 2009-11 Mazda 6 models may emit a clicking or popping sound from the front brakes during low-speed stopping maneuvers.
According to Mazda, the noise usually surfaces on vehicles built before April 26, 2011, can occur with the vehicle traveling forward or backward, and it is due to the front brake pads vibrating in the caliper mounts.
Removing the front brake pads and lubing the pad ears and shims with a newly formulated brake grease, part No. 0000-77-0834-TB, at the arrows shown in the illustrations should eliminate the noise condition.
"Factory Fixes" is written by Jim DePalma, a 30-year veteran of the auto repair business who has served stints as a service manager, parts manager and ASE-certified technician. His column provides vehicle manufacturers' authentic factory technical service bulletins (TSBs) that have been condensed for easier reading. Mr. DePalma advises that techs always check with a dealer or repair information system for the latest revisions before starting to work on a vehicle. He can be reached via e-mail at [email protected].