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?
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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If you are talking about brakes, and the noise is a clicking sound, then you have drum brakes on the rear of your car. The springs in them break sometimes and causes a clicking noise. If it is a rubbing noise and you can feel a vibration in the steering wheel when you hit the brakes, it is a front rotor that is warped. If you haven't had a brake job in a couple of years, then your due.
Thumping noises and vibrations can be something as simple as a tread separation(or a big bubble) on one of your tires.As for the one wheel turning---that's perfectly normal.If you grab the wheel that's turning (not really recommended) and stop it completely,the other wheel will spin.
Your right, its not safe to drive in this condition, sounds like tire is strarting to seperate, but for the life of me, couldn't tell you why when only hot. Take it to a tire shop and see what they say.
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 ?