Rattling noise form driver's side tire and cannot drive over sixty mph on highway

Tiny
HEATHERP1990
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  • 2002 MAZDA PROTEGE
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 19,890 MILES
Hello,
My car is really a good car it drives great. There is just one problem. There is a rattling noise coming from the drive side tire. I got the car only to weeks ago and now the rattling is getting louder. And I cannot go over sixty mph on the highway or the car starts to softly shake. If this makes at all since. I feel like it needs an alignment, but I feel like there might be a bigger problem.
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Monday, March 13th, 2017 AT 10:35 AM

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Tiny
CJ MEDEVAC
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The alignment shop is a great idea!

If you can find one of those "slower' shops, like on the edge of town (not in the bustling city), many times they will come out and look things over, explain any problems, give you an idea of cost, before you 'jump right in!'

I have a shop nearby that is owned and "hands on' operated, that performs work on anything from an 18 wheeler on down. He's been in business for twenty years or more. I have seen him diagnose stuff as it drove into his parking lot! Experience goes a long way towards a 'Correct Fix'.

These quickie brake or tire places have a different new young feller doing the repairs and alignments every few months. Through my dumber years, I learned to avoid those places!

Maybe it will be as simple as a deteriorated bushing!

Let us know what they find.

The Medic
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Monday, March 13th, 2017 AT 5:39 PM
Tiny
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A car out of alignment will pull to one side, have an off-center steering wheel, or will have bad tire wear patterns. Misalignment does not cause vibrations.

What you described is typical of a simple wheel out of balance. It can also be caused by a broken tire belt or a bent wheel, but those will usually also cause a steering wheel shimmy at lower speeds.

If the rattling stops when you lightly apply the brakes, a front brake pad is loose. That is not a safety concern but it can be annoying. That can show up easier if the brake rotor is warped, but if that is bad enough, you will usually feel the brake pedal move up and down a little while you're holding steady pressure on it.
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Monday, March 13th, 2017 AT 5:56 PM

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