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2004 Nissan navara rhythmic thumping noise among other issues

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Jul 7, 2020, 3:29 AM

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Hey guys

So i have a 3L nissan navara 2004 and recently it started making a rhythmic thumping sound at sort of 30+ kms/hr, it sounded almost identical to a train chugging along slowly.

I thought it could be my exhaust loose banging on the car but its definitely not. Now i have only been driving it slowly and so it doesn't make the noise at low speeds but every now and then it feels as though the car drops down the front left, this isnt rhythmic like the sound, it happens mainly at very slow speeds and at random intervals.

I cant jack it up it has a lift and so i need a big jack to do that and so cannot check the tyres but i dont think it could be as the thumping doesn't get faster or slower its always at same speed and same volume.

Also i havent noticed any change when turning, if anything it seems to only happen when going straight and i think it is worse when im slowing down to a stop.

Im going to check the lug nuts to see if theyre loose as this happened before but that was almost a year ago now and i feel if it was lug nuts it would have been worse by now.

Also the brake pedal feels ineffective at the top, then once it is pushed down a little way it engages so it could be my brakes but idk if that is a seperate problem.

Thankyou for taking time to listen and I hope someone can help me figure it out, i tried to provide as much info and if you have any questions ill be happy to answer.

Tom Greenleaf
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Jul 7, 2020, 2:37 PM

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Exact car isn't sold to the US so basics only should do for this. 1st, doesn't seem like you can do much but be warned by a site like this to get it looked at if only because the brakes DO NOT FEEL THE SAME apparently as you expect. That's enough alone to take it to a pro shop for inspection and would expect brake and or bearing/tire issues?

Tire you could look at and feel what you can WATCH OUT if one or more is throwing steel out unseen to you it's like an attack from a chainsaw on hands!

That you may see or witness would either be the cause or result of what's really wrong if you can't so much as hoist it then it's out of your personal hands to do the fix.

That's enough the warning is find it and fix it ASAP too unknown to say it's safe for continued use,


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Jul 12, 2020, 5:54 PM

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probably suspension, how does it handle on bumps....are they really jarring? i have a 2002 sentra. both of the struts were gone...oh they were there its just they were worn out and it was just the springs. in fact one of the struts on the drivers side where the CV AXLE is the shortest the travel of the broken strut down tore the inside boot because of the acute angle of the axel. the CV axel on the other side is much longer so not quite as sharp. replaced the struts this weekend now i don't live in fear of the bumps. though i have a boot replacement in my near future.

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