2011 Mazda Mazda2 Long-Term Road Test

2011 Mazda 2: A Terrible Grinding Noise

November 04, 2011


Yesterday I'm driving our long-term Mazda 2 to work and I immediately know there's a problem. How? By the horrible grinding noise.

It was impossible to miss. But it did stop when the car stopped. So I pulled over to take a look. Sounded like it was coming from the right front, but I wasn't sure. I could see no problem. I drove straight to Mazda Santa Monica anyway.

What could it be? Brake caliper? Wheel bearing? A tire issue? Nope, Coat hanger.



I must have picked it up on the freeway the night before. Somehow it had wrapped itself around the car's right rear suspension and was partially tangled in the drum brake.

The dealership said it would cost $120 for them to remove it. In the interest of speed and efficiency we green lit the work. A few hours later our Mazda 2 was back in our hands grinding noice free.

Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief

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