I have been reading a lot about other 3’s with front end “clunking”… I have read a few different fixes… swaybar link, bad strut, motor mounts, inner tie rods, end link.
My symptoms are – when of drive over bumps it clunks… (it definitely is the right side… and sounds like the front) Also, when I drive 65 on the freeway it seems to rattle also… even on new asphalt freeway… i.e. real smooth.
So, does anyone have a suggestion where to start?
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Do you have aftermarket parts on it? No. Everything is stock.
Can you make the noise by pushing down on it with your hands? No noise at all...
Have you had the wheels off of it lately? Only to look to investigate the wheel that i think the noise is coming from. I was looking for any obvious issues... someing loose or broken oily. Nothing was found...
Does anything look oily on that side? No oil or crud was found on the strut.
Last edited by ducatiduke; 08-08-2010 at 02:38 PM.
Jack up that side so the wheel is off the ground. Make sure the car is on a jack stand. Grab the top and bottom of the tire and see if you can wiggle it. Not rotate it but move it back and forth. Push the top, pull the bottom... pull the top, push the bottom. If you can move it that way, you have your problem.
2008 Mazda3 S Touring Sedan, Racing Beat rear sway bar w/ Speed3 end links, Hypertech Max Energy Sport tuner, Yoko Advan A82