Mazda reports that some 2009-11 Mazda6 models may produce a clicking or popping sound from the front brakes during low-speed stops.
According to the car maker, the noise typically afflicts vehicles built before April 26, 2011, can occur with the vehicle is traveling forward or backward, and is due to the front brake pads oscillating in the caliper mounts. Removing the pads and lubing the brake pad ears and shim/retainers with a newly formulated brake grease, part No. 0000-77-0834-TB, should eliminate the annoyance.
"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].