About a month ago, I started noticing a very loud, annoying rattling coming from under my car. It is very apparent over any imperfection on the road. At first I thought it was the sway bar bushings needing to be replaced b/c I know Mazda has had problems w/ that w/ these cars. Those were replaced last week and I was so excited to get back in it and not hear the embarrassingly loud noise but nope, didn’t fix it. I should have probably got under the car on a ramp first before assuming to be honest but that’s my mistake.
I have isolated the noise (or so I think) to this area of the car. The image is below. The circle was from a different attempt to show people the area in which the sound was coming from but I have since put my car on a ramp and I believe it’s coming from where the arrow is pointing. If I’m not mistaken, the bulging area that is circled in the spare tire housing compartment, right? There is a metal bracket (for lack of a better term) that is going down the compartment and then it connects where the arrow is pointing. Here is the image from the passenger side of the car:
The quality of my ride is not impacted at all by this nor does it seem like it’s compromising the safety which is important to me as I have a 35 mile highway commute.
In order to get a better understanding of the annoying rattling sound, I took a very sloppy video b/c I feel the sound might give more detail as to what the issue is. Keep in mind, I am lightly tapping on the compartment and if I were to hit it harder, the sound is much louder.
Here is that video:
I am hoping someone here can say “yes, I’ve had that problem in the past and this needs replaced”. Honestly, it sounds like a loose bracket but I’m not too much of a car person to say what it is and it isn’t. Hoping this forum can help me out.
If you have any ideas, please let me know as well as if more info is needed. It doesn’t seem like it’s impacting my ride quality at all but it is noisy and embarrassing.
Thanks in advance!!