thumping in front end while driving

Posted by and1chewy, Sep 28, 2011

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  1. and1chewy

    and1chewy Proven Member

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    so today a thump started in my front end for no apparent reason. it sounds to me like its coming specifically from the front left tire. im thinking it may be a front wheel bearing as ive though that they may have been going for a while now but i went from a slight noise to a defenitally noticable noise on ecceleration. at low speeds there is a slight whooping sound that gets faster as i accelerate. i dont think its my half shafts as i just had it inspected with no sign of wear. i didnt notice any great motor shift when i surge the throttle for the engine bay. ive read on here in two different posts that the lug nuts maybe loose which is a possibility that i will look into when and if it ever decides to stop raining. Just trying to get the expert opinions as im not great at diagnosis. i think that this is quite a coincidence but i ran through i pretty big puddle today as it was pouring pretty well on my way to work and vision was limited. but i drove ###### 20-25 miles before i heard any noise. also the thumping stops when i hit the breaks. like something is putting hold down pressure to hold whatever is thumping in place. and it is definatly a thump not a click as you would be used to hearing from a half shaft. thanks in advance guys/gals (i know your out there)
     

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  2. 4g63tc

    4g63tc Proven Member

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    Did you check your Wheels weights to see if they're still there?
     
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  3. Blue Talon Boy

    Blue Talon Boy Proven Member

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    I would start with checking the lugnuts like you mentioned. I had a similar problem with my Accord about 20 miles before the tire fell off at 40 mph.

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  4. SrKegler

    SrKegler Proven Member

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    Check the lug nuts, what kind of shape are the tires in, check for a bulge in the sidewall. Does the steering wheel shake? Check your caliper bolts. Jack the car up and try and shake the wheel top to bottom and side to side. If there's movement, could be ball joint(top to bottom), tie rod end (side to side), or wheel bearings.
     
  5. and1chewy

    and1chewy Proven Member

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    there arent any wheel weights on the outside i did get a look at that not sure if there was one there to begin with. i will check the lug nuts and the tire as soon a it stops raining and i can get out there. tires arent in great shape. the ball joints are in good shape as i said i just checked/had it inspected about 3 weeks ago and havent put more than 100 miles on it since. thanks guys you confirmed what i was thinking.
     
  6. goodbuds

    goodbuds Proven Member

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    warped rotors and pads..
     
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  7. and1chewy

    and1chewy Proven Member

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    Pads are at like 7-8/32 rotors are in good shape. Wouldn't warped rotors cause a shimmy when I'm braking as opposed to when I'm not? Gonna try and check the lugs when I get done work unfortunately I have a 96 jeep cherokee I'm working on for my mom and moms come first sometimes.
     
  8. 68442

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    Jack up the car and see if the wheel wiggles. Had the same noises that one day got worse quickly, thought it was my tranny but the wheel had a lot of play in it.
     
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  9. DirtyJerzeyDsm1

    DirtyJerzeyDsm1 Probationary Member

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    i would start off by checking the whole front end ball joints make a thumping sound when they blow.if its only when u r turning it could be an axle i should be something to major to change...

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  10. snowmastergt

    snowmastergt Probationary Member

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    I heard a similar noise and it turned out that 3 of my lug nuts fell off my left front tire. Didn't scare me until I realized that I had been on the highway without 3 lug nuts doing well over highway speeds. :/
     
  11. and1chewy

    and1chewy Proven Member

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    finally got out there today and had a chance to look at it. 4 lugs on the left front tire almost off. busted out the torque wrench torqued them down no more noise.
     

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