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2003 Nissan Altima S loud thumping sound (inside car) or sqeaking/ squealing sound (outside car) on Driver's side front tire area when coasting, turning, and accelerating above 50 MPH, steering is

Hello I am going to be as detailed as I can be. I have a 2003 Nissan Altima 2.5 S has about 107,200 miles on the odometer, Automatic Transmission. When I am driving the car it makes a clicking or a squeaking sound from the driver's side front tire area, that's if you hear it outside of the car, BUT if you are inside and driving you hear thumping sounds coming from the same area. The weird thing is it ONLY makes the sound when you are coasting (after you let go of the gas pedal still in Drive mode) or if you are speeding over 50 mph with the foot on the gas pedal. It gets louder the faster you go while pressing the gas and the car's steering wheel jerks from side to side it feels like you are on a washboard test road and you can feel the bumps even if the road is smooth. The jerky movement of the steering wheel gets worse when accelerating above 75mph and when you are changing lanes on the highway and the thumping sound gets extremely loud. Also when you turn slowly you can hear the sqeaking/rubbing sound outside the car and slow thumps inside the car. I took it to a mechanic and he must not be a good one because he says the noise is just normal tire noise and I know for one know that it is NOT JUST tire noise I have HankooK Mileage Plus II tires all around which were put on about 1.5 years ago and it has good treadwear. Also the tire size is P225/60/16 on the tires. Also the bumper and fenders have no dents or dings in there where the tire can rub against either. I thought it might be a tierod,or worst case scenario the entire strut tower, mounts and brace and shocks going bad but the mechanic once again said the shocks and struts are fine. I am kind of nervous when I drive the car because I feel like the tire might fall off so please help me.

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  • Gary Mar 31, 2014

    Might trying raising the front of the car,grab the front wheel at the top & bottom & see if you can notice any play what so ever(in or out, up or down, not rotating) if so it may be wheel bearings, hub & or loose axle nut.

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Most def you need an alignment and you also need to check inner outer tie rod end and check the tires belt as well

Posted on Oct 24, 2012

Testimonial: "the tie-rod looks ok along with the alignment and the tire tread and tire belt."

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    Christopher S Oct 25, 2012

    The alignment was fine, the tire belts are fine and the tie-rod I though was an issue, but today I was driving and my tire fell off the car while I was driving, it might be a ball joint that was loose and it snapped probably we lost the wheel locks and the 2 out of 5 spindles (the part where the brakes and tires go on and that gets tighted with the lug nuts/ wheel locks) were stripped and 1 of the spindles snapped off . We were able to tighten 2 of the 5 wheel locks and put the wheel back on and somewhat secure it.

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Maybe check for loose u-joints, transmission mount, or carrier bearing if you have a two piece driveshaft.

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SOURCE: Thumping at front passenger wheel area

if the noise isassociated with "wheel speed" then it is in the rolling parts... axle hub bearing brake rotor caliper wheel or tires...if it goes away on right turns then you are unloading or separating the issue then...so a hub /wheel bearing /axle issue is most likely...does your brake pedal pulse when you feel it..(riding the brake while driving)..does the steering wheel shimmy ?

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SOURCE: "Humming" or "bearing" type noise in left front at highway speeds

That's a hub bearing. Replace the one that's doing it. I'm assuming this 'roar' is coming from the front, NOT the rear.

Posted on Jun 28, 2009

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SOURCE: Vibration/Rattling on right side during high speeds

I had a similar problem. The dealer change automatic transmission and differential, but the noise continu. After research on internet i think the problem is the front galiper who create a vibration on the disc wheel and the vibration frequence follow the front axle until interior car. Just press slowly the brake pedal and if the noise stop , that's it the cause i think. I dont change my galiper, but i have a new transmission . :)))

Posted on Jun 04, 2009

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SOURCE: Front passenger wheel thumping and shaking

You have a possibility of a couple of things going on there. If I was there, Id be able to eliminate a few rather quickly....First, check the tire for any out of round condition by jacking up that corner and turning the wheel, sighting along the edge of the tread area to a fixed point so you can see any variations. Do the same with both sidewalls. If you have a broken internal belt, it can build up heat as it shifts while driving.
Next, check the brake rotors. If the brakes are staying applied slightly while driving, the rotor will begin to turn brownish or blue. If you find that is the case, check the caliper slides to make sure that the caliper can move freely.
If that seems OK, it is possible that the rubber hose going to the caliper has internally failed which can also keep the brake applied. If after removing the hose from the caliper, you cannot retract the caliper piston easily, then the caliper likely has rust around the piston bore and needs to be replaced.
A quick check for brake binding is to jack up the wheel after driving till it gets hot. With the transmission in neutral, try to turn the wheel. If there is excessive drag there your problem is one of the items I just mentioned.
Only other thing I can think of is some strange malfunction in abs system, but generally, you would have a failure light on the dash.

Posted on Aug 30, 2009

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