1996 Mazda 626 4 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic 100000 miles
Today I had my Mazda's front shock absorbers changed (put in new ones - Monroe - because the old shock on the left side was no good), and the mechanic also put in new stabilizer links on both sides (at least I think that's what they're called - they are about 5 inches long with some kind of joint on both ends). The mechanic is specialized in shock absorbers and has been in business for a long time.
Anyway, after all this was done, the suspension worked great, but now, when braking lightly, especially at low speeds (say around 40 mph), there is a rapid clacking sound - clack-clack-clack in the area of the left front wheel. This does not happen during stronger braking.
Also, there is sometimes a squealing sound coming from the front wheel area - not sure which side, but probably both. This is during normal driving, not during braking. Again, this does not happen always. At higher velocities it tends to disappear.
(By the way, the brake callipers and pads are ok, according to a mechanic. Also those plastic bellow-like things that connect to the side rods are ok.)
- So what could the clacking sound at the left front wheel while braking be due to?
- Also, the squealing sound from the front wheels while driving, what's going on there? (These seem to be two separate problems.)
(Remember, all this started happening right after they put in new shock absorbers and stabilizer links.)
Thanks very much!
Thursday, July 9th, 2009 AT 7:11 PM