I'm curious if the control arm bushings are worn or if it's a strut linkage. There seems to me a lot of movement in the steering system, which is indicative of worn bushings. Have you put the front end up on jack stands and performed wiggle movements to determine possible sources?
2006 Mazda 3 2.3L Hatchback 5-speed Automatic - 180K miles
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