Ah, so new OE strutmounts went in, not beefier bearings, right? Thanks!Are you sure you want my details?? ok then, here you go:
because i bought this car used, w/ about 40k on the clock, this clunking i was hearing, i didnt really know if it was just the strut bearings as one here on the forum suggested, although it made plenty of sense..
my remedy was tor order the appropriate strut bearings from tasko parts, which if i recall was an actual mazda dealer seling parts online, now i did this some time ago, so i dont have part numbers, what i do remember was that you must know where your car was made because the exploded views of the suspensions were indicating different part numbers for japan and mexico made mazda 3 vehicles.
in addition 2 the strut bearings for both sides, same part number, i bought new front OEM Springs, and another part that mazda referred to a spring isolator, a simple piece of rubber formed to attach to the bottom of the spring where the spring makes contact to the perch of the strut, they were real cheap, like 2bucks and change each, i bought about 6, i figured i use them anywhere i wanted...lastly, because i didnt want to risk this work to not be succesful due to a possible bad strut, i bought 2 new Bilstein oem grade replacement struts, left and right...after receiving all the parts, i disassembled the front suspension, removed and reused some of the existing parts reinstalled and when for a ride to hit a manhole cover, problem solved....but i created a new problem, the front and rear suspension felt out of tune, mainly because the bilsteins had a 10% stiffer ride, so i had to buy the mating bilsteins for the rear and did the shock swap, now the vehicle ride wonderfully!
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