Hello I am new here, I own a 2010 Mazda3 Sport Hatchback 2.5L which I purchased used 6 months ago and after the first few months of owning the car I have been hearing this knocking sound when riding over bumps as well as clicking sound when sitting idle turning the wheel L to R, a few mechanics told me it was the struts, ball joints, tie rod and tie rod ends, one other told me I need to replace the struts caliperspads and rotors, I saw one more mechanic who I trust more than the others that I may need struts but don’t rush to have them installed, your rotors are rusty calipers are as well but only your pads and clips need attention. I still here the noises and it mostly happens when I hit bumps at 40 or lower speed, sometimes like today for instance when backing out of garage hitting lip that pours onto asphalt (driveway) I could hear a knock in the front end, it almost sounds like as if something is loose or worn out.
About me, I am a late 30’s male who has a giant list of medical conditions that at my age shouldn’t have, I have a hard time trusting people especially most mechanics due to past life experiences and need some pro advice or at least be pointed in the right direction as to not spend $ on car work that I may not even need!
A family member who lives 3000 miles away who is an ASE Certified Master Mechanic said I may need ball joints, tie rod and tie rod ends from what I explained.
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