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Steering wheel vibrates thumping noise

My 1995 Nissan Maxima is making a thumping noise by the front passenger side, it feels like I am getting a flat tire and the steering wheel shakes. I took it to a shop to have the harmonic balance pulley and tension belt pulley replaced. and the mechanic said my front passenger tire was bad and when I replace it, the thumping noise should stop. Well I replace it and the thumping noise is still there and the steering wheel still shakes. What else can I check?

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  • matt68205 Mar 02, 2009

    It starts up the minute I start driving. It doesn't happen when I apply the brakes.


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I have a 05 max and had the same problem, thinking it was the tires, wheels bearing, all that stuff. Found out it was the front axle. It will make you think you have a knot in a tire and vibrations are crazy! tends to go away at high speeds above 75 or more. Change it and problem is gone!!!!

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It is the front struts or strut mounting bushings i did my car and solved problem

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At what speed do you feel the shake and does it only happen when you apply the brakes?

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    Clint Smock Mar 02, 2009

    The noise could be a wheel bearing, but it would have to be real loose to cause a vibration. The vibration could be a cv shaft but not if you feel it at really slow speeds. Try switching both front tires and wheels from the front to the rear, see if that helps or the noise moves and let me know.


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