2002 Toyota Echo Q&A
2002 Toyota Echo Question: What can be the cause of loud thumping noise coming from my front end?
The problem begain after I slammed down the breaks to avoid hitting an animal. The tires screeched and I fishtailed a little. Looking at the front passenger tire there is a worn spot that I am assuming was caused by the skid. Could this be causing the violent vibration in the steering wheel as well as the thumping noise I am hearing. The steering wheel mostly vibrates while drivin between 30-60 mph but the sound is always there and gets worse at higher speeds. - Drokls05
You would have had to skid for a pretty good distance to wear a flat spot on the tire. Are the tires old? Could have shifted a belt in the tire, or lost a wheel weight, causing your vibration. The noise only started after the skid? - SuperDave
The short naswer is yes, when you skidded, you wore a flat spot on the tire, this causes the thumping noise that should follow the speed of car. It should be slow at slow speeds and faster at faster speeds... The vibration is caused because the tire is now out of balance because of the missing rubber where you skidded... I know this from experience, my son pulled the E-brake on a brand new car and I fought with the dealer for 3 months before he admitted skidding to a stop from 60 mph and wearing the flat spots... - Visitor