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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-03-2018, 06:26 PM Thread Starter
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Question Hey guys, I need help diagnosing a front wheel clunking noise.

So a couple months ago the front passenger wheel on my 2006 Mazda 3 started making a clunking noise when traveling at low speeds and going in and out my bumpy lane. In an attempt to diagnose the problem this evening I noticed that if I kick on the wheel, I can hear the clunking noise that I hear while driving. I took a short video and uploaded it to YouTube to show you what I'm talking about only to realize I'm not allowed to post links yet because my post count isn't high enough. *face palm* If you feel so inclined to help me out you can search "2006 Mazda 3 Passenger Wheel Clunking Noise" on Youtube and it's the 4th video from the top that's 10 seconds long. Thanks in advance for any help you may have as to what's causing it!
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So a couple months ago the front passenger wheel on my 2006 Mazda 3 started making a clunking noise when traveling at low speeds and going in and out my bumpy lane. In an attempt to diagnose the problem this evening I noticed that if I kick on the wheel, I can hear the clunking noise that I hear while driving. I took a short video and uploaded it to YouTube to show you what I'm talking about only to realize I'm not allowed to post links yet because my post count isn't high enough. *face palm* If you feel so inclined to help me out you can search "2006 Mazda 3 Passenger Wheel Clunking Noise" on Youtube and it's the 4th video from the top that's 10 seconds long. Thanks in advance for any help you may have as to what's causing it!
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Saw the video. Try jacking that wheel off the ground and gabbing it at the top and bottom and push in and out and check for play. Also do it side to side. As loud as it is it seems like you would feel movement checking it like that and looking and seeing the loose part.

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I tried that last evening and believe it or not it didn't want to move at all or make any noise when I jacked it up and took the weight off the wheel. Only when it's on the ground can I feel it move a little and hear it making a noise.
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This is where you get a long crow bar and start to carefully move the suspension. When I say carefully first and foremost make sure the vehicle is secure and do not do anything under it while checking things out with the crow bar.
Some time when the suspension drops the problem will not be obvious and require some manipulation of the suspension while freely hanging.

If the noise is suspension related you will find where the noise is coming from with this method just have patients.
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