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Boring Daily Build

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2003 Mazda Protege5
I figureed, I was more so concerned with the kick back and clicking. I just want to make sure everything’s good before I button it up
 

pcb

The Diagram Dude
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2002 mazda protege 5
" that clicking noise is the axle "

The high-pitched clicking noise wouldn't be the axle it would be the brake dust sheild or clip.

The axle is heavy you will make more of a thud
 
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2003 Mazda Protege5
The clicking isn’t happening anymore but I’m certain I saw the cv axle boot “click” as I heard the click
 

pcb

The Diagram Dude
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2002 mazda protege 5
" Also for the torque specs there’s a pretty big range on the bolts, should I just do in between the two? "

Aiming for right in between is a good idea.

Torque specs are only really important for head bolts.

I never torque my bolts.

Bigger bolts, bigger wrenches, more pressure.

Too tight, they break or seize.
Too loose they fall out.

It takes practice.
 

pcb

The Diagram Dude
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2002 mazda protege 5
" Another thing lol, does the car have to be on the ground to torque some of these?
"

No, not for that stuff...
You're not building a race car.

There's no room to get under there anyway.
 

pcb

The Diagram Dude
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2002 mazda protege 5
"

I only have a deep socket 17 so I can’t really fit a torque wrench on the front bushing bolt without fear of rounding it.
"

Buy six point sockets...

Twelve point will round every nut/bolt on your car.
 
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2003 Mazda Protege5
Everything’s torqued but... the front bushing doesn’t move? If I jack up on the control arm the car just lifts without the control arm or bushing ever moving?
 

pcb

The Diagram Dude
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2002 mazda protege 5
" The clicking isn’t happening anymore but I’m certain I saw the cv axle boot “click” as I heard the click. "

The drive axle may have taken a hit in the accident.

The wheel got pushed in and may have pushed the axle further than it can collapse.

The inner CV joint moves in and out but only so far.
 

pcb

The Diagram Dude
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2002 mazda protege 5
" Everything’s torqued but... the front bushing doesn’t move? If I jack up on the control arm the car just lifts without the control arm or bushing ever moving? "

That's fine.

The car is just supported by your jack instead of the suspension.
 

pcb

The Diagram Dude
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2002 mazda protege 5
When your car is going down the road and hits a pothole, ... it will move.
 

pcb

The Diagram Dude
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2002 mazda protege 5
Set your car down and jump on that corner.

It'll move.

(don't scratch the paint though, jump carefully. Lol)
 

pcb

The Diagram Dude
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2002 mazda protege 5
I say get it up and running and see if you feel clunking/rumbling coming through into your cabin.

You may have a bad axle.

It's all back together now though,
You would have to take it all apart now anyway to replace the axle.

One thing at a time. First things first.
 

pcb

The Diagram Dude
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2002 mazda protege 5
Don't waste your time with wrenches and sockets...

Get some cut-off disks and be done with it.





Those end links are a bastard.
 
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2003 Mazda Protege5
I’ll go get some tomorrow.

Tomorrow’s to do list:
Sway bar end link
Tie rod inner/outer
Maybe engine flush
 

pcb

The Diagram Dude
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2002 mazda protege 5
It looks like the nuts might be easier to remove than mine.

Try the wrenches/sockets/Allen key first but don't waste too much time before bringing out the big guns...

What's wrong with your end link anyway??

It looks fine to me ??! Lol


 
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2003 Mazda Protege5
Allen keys? I tried a wrench and it was pretty tight. I'll try again tomorrow after the PB blaster sits but I need cut off wheels anyhow.

lol I think It'll make a nice ornament somewhere when it's out. Maybe I'll keep the control arm in the trunk to remind it that I saved it from the crusher and it should behave lol
 

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