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1998 Nissan Altima Tire wobbles bad and stud broke

I have a 1998 Nissan Altima. One day while driving on the highway my tire started to make a noise, then wobble a little, then i broke a stud and it was intense wobbling. I replaced the stud and put a different tire on it, because i noticed that the rim is jagged where the stud broke. Car still made a weird noise, and wobbled a little. Thought maybe the tire had a bubble, so put on another tire, and the bad wobble is back and i broke another stud and now it sounds like a scraping noise as well

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This could be your wheel bearing,raise front end on bad tire side and grab tire and move it around to see if it is loose,http://www.autozone.com/autozone/repairinfo/repairguide/repairGuideContent.jsp?fromSearchPage=true&pageId=0900c15280265793&partName=Front+Wheel+Bearings&partId=0900c15280265793

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"Death wobble" is generally caused by wear of any component in the front suspension, sometimes working in combination (total play added together). It can be set off by a slight turn of the wheel, a small bump or even a difference in harmonics. Odd causes are improper wheel torque and tires that are not worn enough to fail inspection but have lost enough tread that they no longer have sufficient rotating mass and are then prone to going into a shake when they flex.
Most common cause is worn lower ball joints. Second to that is wear at a suspension bushing or the frame mount hole for that bushing.
One item that is often blamed for wobble is the steering damper (a sideways shock attached to the steering linkage) If you have one, it can be damaged by the shake but is never the cause.
There is another condition that can mimic death wobble. If you have a binding brake caliper it can cause the front end to shake. If either of your brake rotors appear to be blue, or one is much hotter than the other after driving, you can suspect that.
As a last resort, you can often adjust the caster setting (wheel alignment) to a bit more positive. That will tend to force the front wheels to track in a straight line. (same reason you can ride a bicycle without holding the handlebars)
I can't tell you what is worn or malfunctioning only because I can't examine the vehicle but if you use the info I outlined and examine everything very carefully I'm certain that you will find it.
Regarding how quickly your bushings may have worn, You didn't mention how long ago you did the work.

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SOURCE: the back end wobbles and it sounds like there's

Sounds like a wheel bearing, better get it checked, or jack it up and shake each wheel to see which one it is, if it breaks altogether, the wheel can come off.

Posted on Nov 14, 2009

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CV joint has gotten debris and moisture inside. The CV boot is bad and not protecting the joint. Now its metal on metal grinding. This happens when turning as there is more pressure on the joint. Please fix this ASAP as it can be dangerous to drive on a bad CV joint. While I have seen people drive with a bad CV joint for over 4k miles, it is NOT recommended!

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wheel rim damaged ?? locating pin for wheel not lined up

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Yes it could. What happens is the bushings go bad and you don't have any problems until the bushing comes out. When they wear completely out sometimes they get pinched completely in two. And then it will have these types of problems.

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