My 2007 Nissan Murano had some front end noise and vibration. So I had both control arm with ball joints replaced, four new tires, a new CV axel, new brakes, and had all wheel balanced and alignment done.
I checked the engine mounts and the engine doesn’t jump out nor can you reproduce the noise while testing the engine mounts.
It is a clunk when you take off and a thumping noise that cause some vibration to be felt in the steering wheel. If you’re driving down a long straight road it will smooth out. It has happened a lower speeds as well as higher speeds. The replacement parts that was replace has quitted it down.
I am now looking at either the struts, wheel bearing, or rear drive shaft. I am leaning towards the struts but can’t be sure. As the symptoms don’t seem to match a typical strut failure but some of it does.
The rear drive shaft I bring up as I want to say it is almost right under the middle of between the driver and passage seat where the rear shaft would be, The failing U joint could produce a clunk and vibration.
The wheel bearing as a wild guess only that the CV shaft is slipping and when it catches it causes that clunk. The bearing going bad could cause vibration.
Any thoughts, Am I thinking right or wrong here? So far a lot has been just maintenance repairs though starting to get costly doing it all with in the last 2 month. Just let to get it figured out and get it fixed for good.