Knocking Noise From Front Suspension on Nissan Altima

Problem Description and Possible Solution

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

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 96,128 (20,000–240,000)
14 model years affected: 1998, 2001, 2002, 2003, more2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015
149 people reported this problem
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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.
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.
When I brake, or accelerate from a stop, there is a crackling noise from the front brake area. I also hear it over bumps.
knocking noise going over slightest bump, sounds awful, hate driving it because of the noise.
knocking noise over slight bumps
knocking noise when driving over bumps
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.
Knocking Noise from front passanger strut
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.
Hit a bump and have a rattling sound from front
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.
Shocks and struts completely bad. When driving especially in DC bumps are hard and loud with a rattling sound as well
dealer described the struts a coming apart.
BOTH +> Front Struts are Leaking PrematureLy !!!
Just bought this car for cash last night. Now I notice a knocking sound driving over bumps and taking turns.
Every time I drive my car makes a rattling noise either in the front driver wheel or somewhere below the ignition. Makes a very loud noise but stops when I turn the wheel even slightly a little.
dealer service diagnosed. second time on this car.
front end of car makes an almost constant knocking noise but worse when going over bumps.
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)