Last post on Sep 19, 2009 at 7:18 AM
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Mazda Protege5, Auto Body, Sedan, Wagon
#8 of 9 Re: squeaky hatch [sigurrosenthal]
Sep 18, 2009 (8:45 pm)
Rattle in the rear:
If there's nothing loose in trunk/hatch or spare tire area, could be rear sway bar links.
Mine rattled driving slower over bumps. Sounded like an empty plastic bottle.
By the time I found someone to diagnose the problem correctly, the fronts also started making noise & needed replacement. Under $300 per pair/axle installed.
Parts store supplied GM manufactued replacements, 1st try. They lasted 2 months. Redid job w/ alternate brand. Still holding after 6 months.
Replace w/ Mazda or brand other than GM.
#9 of 9 Re: squeaky hatch [sigurrosenthal]
Sep 19, 2009 (7:18 am)
I had a groaning, creaking noise from one of the rear sway bar links. It took me months before I figured out that the link was making the noise. It was just kind of jammed in the wrong position and sounded kind of dry. I first injected grease with a hypodermic needle through the rubber boot and then grabbing it with a locking pliers and working it loose, was able to get it moving freely and noise free again. If you crawl under your car and push up on the end of the sway bar and hear the groan, you'll know if this is your problem.