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Old 07-19-2007, 08:45 PM   #1
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Well, it'* been a while since I posted on here since my Bonne hasn't had an issue for a while, but today I just got one. I was driving to school today and noticed more of a "road" feel to my steering wheel, so I turned off my radio and noticed that there was a slight roar as if I had big mud tires on my car. The sound comes at about 20mph and gets its worst at about 35mph then goes away at about 50mph. It also varies on the direction that I'm going. Most people are thinking that my wheel bearings are going bad, but I just had those replaced about 15,000 miles ago. Anybody have any idea what this could be?
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is it tracking right? going straight? is the steering heavy or binding in any positions? Could you describe the noise maybe more? Is it REALLY identical to the sound of mud tires?

Check the surface of your tires as well for cupping, just gently run your hand over the tread of your tires to check for bald spots, cupping, shredding, cracking, etc. Just get a good look at everything.
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Have you rotated your tires regularly?

Have you rotated them recently so unusual wear on one might be showing up in another location?

Have you checked tire pressures? A low tire might have the outer edge of the tire causing more sound and vibration.

Have the tires been on a long time? The rubber gets harder with age... I had Michelin X-Ones that made more noise like bearings as they were many years old because they lasted so long. The first two had been replaced but the last two were on the rear a lot since they were shallower tread for the winter driving.
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I bought the tires back in January, so I doubt they're bad yet. I checked for uneven wear or anything like that and the tires are fine. I've narrowed it down to the front left side, whatever it is. It also goes away when I turn to the right but stays the same when I go left. It'* still sounding like a bad bearing but I don't see why it would fail this soon.
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is it tracking right? going straight? is the steering heavy or binding in any positions? Could you describe the noise maybe more? Is it REALLY identical to the sound of mud tires?

Check the surface of your tires as well for cupping, just gently run your hand over the tread of your tires to check for bald spots, cupping, shredding, cracking, etc. Just get a good look at everything.
Yeah, it'* straight as it'* ever went. I though the steering may have been it but I took it to the driving range at my high school and drove it pretty hard out there. It took every turn like nothing and there was no problem with the steering, no binding or anything. The noise I can just describe as if I just put big tires on my car. It'* the same noise though that my 92 SE made when it'* bearing when bad. The last time they went out on this car is just shook at highway speeds but out of nowhere it makes that roar that bad bearings make.

I don't know how else to describe it other than it'* coming from the front left, around the tire, and has a roar with it.
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Until you said that the sound stops at 50 mph, I would have thought bad bearing also. Even though they were replaced not long ago, even new parts can be defective. Before replacing it, try rotating the tires and see if the noise moves to the back.
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Another possibility is that a weight came off the tire and it'* no longer balanced. While this wouldn't usually cause a roar.. it'* a possibility to look for on the tire.
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Until you said that the sound stops at 50 mph, I would have thought bad bearing also. Even though they were replaced not long ago, even new parts can be defective. Before replacing it, try rotating the tires and see if the noise moves to the back.
But in my 92, when it went out, the sound would fade out at about highway speeds. I'm starting to think my wheel bearing is going out again. Is there anything else that would roar like a bad bearing in that area? Any garage around here won't look for it until Monday for me.
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The dust sheild backing plate on the rotor could be mistaken for a rotor if it were mashed up against the rotor. Check it for clearance.
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I forgot to mention when this started. I started happening the day after I had my car fully detailed, after the engine bay got degreased is when this noise began.
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