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My 1998 dodge durango started making a loud knocking noise. the next day when i drove it it kept trying to go left and when i got out to check out the problem i noticed the front driver side tire was leaned out.
A suspension part has come loose or is worn out. Check the top strut mounts under the hood. There may be a rubber plug to remove to see the top mounting plate. The three nuts around the perimeter of the strut plate are the mounting nuts, not the larger center nut-leave that one alone-it is for keeping the strut from coming apart.
If that mount is good, check for a broken coil spring around the strut.
Keep looking for the problem. If the tire leans out that bad, you should be able to spot the problem. Raise the wheel off the ground (recommend jack stands or blocks so it won't slip off the jack), grasp the wheel and shake it back and forth while watching for looseness or noise on the suspension parts connecting to the wheel hub at top and bottom- the upper and lower control arms and the strut connection.
Posted on Dec 31, 2012
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Okay, I had a problem like this with my 1990 Jetta, except there was no thumping noise. My steering wheel started to shake, that also make the whole front end wobble back and forth (side to side) - I took to a mechanic and had both whell bearing replaced. I must tell you that wheel bearing aren't something a mechanic can just check to see if they're good; once they get in there, it's a matter of just putting new ones in. Now, while different makes and models vary as far as cost of repair, (as well as mechanics prices) I paid a mere $400 dollars for my Jetta, which is a foreign made care, which also tend to cost more to fix than American made cars. Regardless, this is what it sounds like may be the problem with your vehicle. You may want to take it to a shop that specializes in alignments and brakes. It could be a loose brake caliper in the front. My brother had a car that was doing that same things, so we took the (front right) tire of, and he was missing both bolts that hold the brake caliper in place. Notice if the car brakes normally or not and if the shake increases, decreases or stays the same. If and when you take it to a mechanic, be sure to give them as much full detail as to what the car is doing so they can diagnose the issue as best as they can. This will save you from spending money on any unecessary parts and labor.
Posted on Mar 31, 2009
Look to make sure your brake caliper bolts are secure as the can back out and contact the wheel itself. You can feel around the whell for and gouges or scraping to confirm this. It is a stretch but there may be some foriegn object stuck under there as well.
Posted on May 02, 2009
You have a hub/wheel bearing going out. You need to jack up the vehicle on each side. Grab the top and bottom of the wheel and try to move it in/out at the top and bottom. If this does not work then roll the wheel as fast as you can and see if you can hear which one it is. Good Luck.
Posted on May 13, 2009
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