Q: thumping noise on front passenger side of 2008 kia spectra

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thumping noise on front passenger side of 2008 kia spectra
My car has a manual transmission.

First thing to check is the condition of the tires. Make sure nothing is lodged in the tread that can cause a thumping as well as the overall condition of the tires. A broken/shifted belt in a tire can cause it to be out of round and almost egg-shaped. That can also cause a noise in some instances. Another source can be the wheel bearings being worn. brakes can also be the cause even if the noise happens when the brakes are not applied. A warped rotor can make contact even when the brakes are not applied and in rare instances, I have seen irregular hard spots in brake rotors that occurred during the casting of the rotors. A certified technician can inspect the vehicle for noises and isolate the exact cause for you.

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