I have a 2010 Nissan Altima and when I start to drive the passanger side front tire does this bouncing sound. Can anyone tell me if it is my ball joints, struts or shocks. It also does it when I go over the smallest of bumps but mostly when I start driving from a stopped position.

Asked by Sep 20, 2014 at 10:25 AM about the 2010 Nissan Altima 2.5 S

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have a 2010 Nissan Altima and when I start to drive the passanger side front tire does this bouncing sound.  Can anyone tell me if it is my ball joints, struts or shocks.  It also does it when I go over the smallest of bumps but mostly when I start driving from a stopped position.

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To test shocks, push down with all your weight on the front of the car, it should go down, come back up and stay there, Bounce even once (except maybe a very slight movement) and shock(s) are bad...but I don't know if your car has struts or shocks. As for ball joints, you have to get under and look, and grab the tie-rods and try to move them. They should be firm, the ball joint should have no play or movement when you shake anything. That goes for all steering and suspension

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Also check motor mounts, forgot that

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Just to ad to fordnut,s suggetion,s,if it doe,s it a take off,slow speed,check the tire it self,may be busted belt giving you the wobble, bounce.

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