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My car has been making a clicking noise in the brakes when I am in traffic and inch forward. I have had the brakes checked 3 times and all says they are fine. I was told Friday it seems to be something in the transmission. Any other suggestions? I just paid off this vehicle and was hoping to enjoy that for a bit. It is only a 2003. It is a Mazda Protege LX. And of course I am out of warranty. 97,000 miles on it. I just cannot believe it would be the transmission!

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Amanda J. Pierce, MBA Kara, By your description, you are explaining something common with brake pedals. A faint click noise inside the cab is a metal tab on the back of your brake pedal its self. It is not to alarm you, just a little "play" if you will. This has nothing to do with your transmission malfunctioning. AJ Pierce

Bogi Lateiner, Owner and Technician at 180 Degrees Automotive Hi Kara - This one is somewhat tough to do without hearing the noise. If it only happens when you are on the brakes and it sounds like it is coming from the wheels and not from the center of the car - I would not suspect that it would be transmission related. I would suggest having a mechanic drive with you so you can demonstrate the noise to her/him. If it clicks just once when you hit the brake pedal, I'd think there might be something with a control arm bushing or other suspension component. If the click is persistent and very fast there may be an issue with your Anti Lock Brakes (ABS). Or you could just have glazed rotors if what your hearing is more of a groan than a click. I hope that helps... there are lots of things that it could be. Test driving it with the mechanic will help pinpoint it a lot faster. Good Luck! Bogi Lateiner

Karen Davis, Service Manager at Smith Stokes It would be very unusual to have a transmission "clicking issue" when you are only inching forward but not completely impossible I guess. It is not uncommon to have a little movement from the brake pads when inching forward however. I would recommend for you to call the service manager at your local Mazda dealership and ask him if he would be willing to take a ride with you. Show him the clicking noise and see if he can get it narrowed down for you before you spend a lot of money needlessly. Good luck!

Suzanne Grego, Technician at City of Philadelphia Fleet Management Kara Perry, Without experiencing the sound first hand, it is difficult to say exactly what the problem is. I do suggest bringing your vehicle to a trusted technician for a second opinion. If you're having trouble finding a trustworthy shop, check out the list of female friendly shops on Ask Patty's web site. Suzanne

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