Can someone grab the axles on your Trabbi and check to see if there is any play whatsoever in your axles? This is the model with the hinge joints (NOT the CV joints). There is a couple of mm of play in both axles and I'm wondering if there should be any. I inspected the hinge pins on mine and they are not worn. I did find some play where the hinges meet. Just wondering if this is OK. This thumping noise: It's not getting any worse but it's not getting any better. Is easier to hear when the clutch is depressed, taken out of gear or in 4th gear freewheeling and coasting at low speeds. At high speeds, I can barely hear it, I guess because the engine noise is drowning out the thumping sound. There is not any unusual drivetrain vibration from the steering wheel. I thought this started after I replaced the brake shoes. When I had the drums off to inspect the hinge pins, the scuff marks from the 60 grit sandpaper are still there after a couple of thousand miles . The shoes are not wearing in as I would expect. The friction material is not hard like most brake shoes or pads but a soft rubber material. The same friction material used on the brake drum on Snapper lawnmowers! The car stops OK. The thumping sound does not go away when the brakes are pressed. I can spin the front wheels off the ground and it does sound like the drums have high spots in them though. Could this be the source of the thumping sound? I'm sort of leaning toward the wheel bearings. When I had the hubs off, if I grab the outer stub and try to move it up and down, the bearings are tight as a drum but when I turn the steering wheel to the left going down the road, the "thumping" sounds seems to go away or is not as loud. Usually this condition indicates a bad wheel bearing. My transmission would make this ungodly noise when I pressed in the clutch. I thought it was the release bearing but turned out when I had the freewheel device replaced, the transmission guy said the input shaft bearings were bad. There was no play in them but when spun on my finger sounded like sand was inside them. After installing new input shaft bearings, the noise is no longer there. So in other words, the wheel bearings may not have any play in them but could still be bad. I still have the new SKF bearings I planned on installing back in the winter. I should have went ahead and replaced them since this job doesn't seem as bad as I think it will be. The outer hinge joint "floats" inside of the bearings. I figured it was pressed in and would be a devil to remove. I hate to just replacing parts until something fixes the problem. What do you guys think?