Knocking Noise From Front Suspension on Nissan Altima

The front struts can wear prematurely and create a knocking noise when driving over bumps.

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Average mileage: 97,171 (20,000–240,000)
12 model years affected: 1998, 2001, 2002, 2003, more2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012
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2005 Nissan Altima 121,000 mi,
When I hit a bump or even a slight crack in the road the front passenger side makes a sort of a thud clunking rattling noise. Check motor/tranny mounts all good shape strut boot is off but seems to be in decent shape... Again only front passenger side making the noise. I tried tightening Loose bolts on the factory strut brace... nothing. I just want to know the problem and fix it!
I've had my shocks and struts replaced and my car still makes rattling noises when I drive over the slightest bump. The dealership first acted like they couldn't find a problem. This problem happens at various parts of the day. I constantly have to get my brake pads and rotors replaced. This car is dangerous to drive. I started having problems at 30,000 miles. The car has 101,000 miles and its getting worse with the rattling noises as if my car is going to fall apart.
knocking noise going over slightest bump, sounds awful, hate driving it because of the noise.
2005 Nissan Altima 95,000 mi,
When I hit a bump or even a rough spot in the road the front passenger wheel just keeps making a noise, sort of a clunking noise and I think its getting worse. I took it to the shop and they said it wasn't out of alignment which I thought it might be. But no fix and I think its getting worse, worries me when I travel over a 100 miles, I am always looking for the front tire to fall off.
2009 Nissan Altima 90,000 mi,
When I brake, or accelerate from a stop, there is a crackling noise from the front brake area. I also hear it over bumps.
2007 Nissan Altima 88,000 mi,
knocking noise over slight bumps
2004 Nissan Altima 90,000 mi,
I was just told that I needed the tie rods and struts replaced on front. Total cost $1100. Should this be happening? I take excellent care of the car and it has not ever been driven a lot on bumpy roads. A speed breaker is a bumpy as it gets.
2007 Nissan Altima 78,000 mi,
Right strut complete failure. Started with noticable grease on wheel and latter by knocking sound. When I replaced the struts, the right failed strut had zero internal pressure and a freely moving piston. Suggest replacing struts on all 2007 + Nissan Altimas with KYBs ASAP.
2007 Nissan Altima 124,500 mi,
I noticed a popping/knocking sound from the driver's front end whenever I drover over bumps, dips, or made turns, usually at low speeds. Repair shop said it was the strut bearing plate and I would have to replace struts on both sides. Approx $450.
2006 Nissan Altima 186,000 mi,
knocking noise when driving over bumps
dealer described the struts a coming apart.
Shocks and struts completely bad. When driving especially in DC bumps are hard and loud with a rattling sound as well
2009 Nissan Altima 88,000 mi,
Knocking Noise from front passanger strut
BOTH +> Front Struts are Leaking PrematureLy !!!
2003 Nissan Altima 88,000 mi,
dealer service diagnosed. second time on this car.
2009 Nissan Altima 85,000 mi,
Mine Altima makes the same noise on the passenger right side they told me it was the struts first then I had to take it back cause it's still making the same noise and now they are telling me it's the engine(Nissan dealership)
2006 Nissan Altima 130,000 mi,
Just bought this car for cash last night. Now I notice a knocking sound driving over bumps and taking turns.
2009 Nissan Altima 112,000 mi,
Began to hear a knocking noise coming from the right front wheel when driving. Sounded like something loose or broken. Very noticeable when vehicle speed was lower or I hit even the smallest bump or crack. Had a four wheel alignment, new brakes, new tires put on and noise seemed to get louder. Mechanic said rf strut was leaking oil and (moving freely) not functioning properly. Had rf tie rod replaced at 65,000.
2006 Nissan Altima 121,000 mi,
front end of car makes an almost constant knocking noise but worse when going over bumps.
2012 Nissan Altima 113,000 mi,
Knocking noise over bumps even after fixed 3 times