2000 Mazda Protege ES 1.8L
What’s a good way to find whats the cause of all the rattling and knocking in the front end of my car when going over uneven terrain? It seems that noise appears only if one of the wheels is lift up a little bit. I am attaching a picture describing the “motion” here:
Steering wheel doesn’t shake when driving at high speeds and is fairly stiff, but it does pull to the right a bit, maybe because I didn’t perform a front end alignment (I know this is not good) after I had most of the stuff in the suspension of the replaced; all 4 struts + boots + mounting blocks, ball joints, control arms…
Now the only partI didn’t replaced was the sway bar link in the passenger side and it’s being knocking for 3 years. The one in the driver side was replaced at the time the struts were replaced but I didn’t had enough money to pay for the other one.
Another mechanic told me when I was quoting that sway bar links aren’t really necessary as a safety feature, and a google search showed me that there are people that just take the sway bar off the car, so I left it there and just tried to live with the noise… now I am noticing the driver side is knocking as well, and I am wondering if it has to do with because I didn’t replace the one in the passenger side?
I just want to rule out the possibility of another component being the cause of the noise, because I am prioritizing safety over ride comfort in my attempts to save some money.