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2005 Mazda MPV: a rattling noise from the front left tire area---I am

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Hi--my 2005 Mazda MPV is making a rattling noise from the front left tire area---I am nervous to drive it, but don't want to spend $50 just to hear "it's no big deal"--any thoughts? Thanks!
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Mazda
Expert:  Drew replied 6 years ago.

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Do you hear the rattle noise at a stop sign?


Do you hear the rattle noise while driving and at what speed?


Do you hear the rattle noise while going over bumps?


Please let me know more information so I can better assist you. Thanks

Customer: replied 6 years ago.

Hi Drew--


I hear the noise while driving, while de-celerating, going over bumps--it's definitely when the car is moving, and usually over 15 mph.



Expert:  Drew replied 6 years ago.

The most common rattle concern is from a worn sway bar link. You will have to jack the front of the car off the ground and inspect for leaking front strut, worn sway bar link, outer tie rod end and lower ball joint. You can remove the sway bar link and test drive to see if noise is gone.


If all checks out ok and nothing is worn, loose or leaking if should be fine to drive safely.


#2 in the diagram is the otter tie rod end.







#5 is the strut. If the strut is leaking, you may get a clunk internally.

#19 is the sway bar link.