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2004 hyundai accent: front steering wheels tweek to left

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i have 2004 hyundi accent ,has a loud knocking noise comen from front an old car when the drive shaft hiten the floor panels .any way passger tire has wer on in side an steering wheels tweek to left when driveing strait. think women hit curb .? what would knock sound b faster then 30 louder then radio
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Car
Expert:  mrfixitrick replied 7 years ago.
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If there was an accident with a curb with enough impact to change the steering, then you likely also have a tire with a separated belt that is creating a shimmy. However, you may also have a loose tie-rod end, or a broken ball joint, that is knocking with the tire shimmy. This will cause tire wear and will cause an accident if the ball joint or tie-rod comes apart.

There is also a slight chance there could be a CV axle joint broken or worn out, which gives knocking noises on turns especially. Also, a worn out or broken brake rotor with no face left could cause a knocking sound shortly before seizing the calliper and wheel up solid.

You can grip the front tires and shake them back and forth to roughly check for excessive play in the tie-rod end. You can jack up the vehicle and pry with a bar at the ball joint and under the tire to check for play there. You can carefully look at and feel the inside and outside sidewalls of the tire to check for tread unevenness, the sign of belt separation.

These are serious situations that can lead to an accident if not dealt with immediately. Have a good tire/alignment shop check for belt separation and replace the tire if necessary. Have them assess the front end, replace worn parts and align the front end again. Besides the knocking parts, you likely have a bent arm or strut that is causing the pull to one side.

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