Noise when driving and gets loud when accelerating.

Tiny
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  • 1999 HONDA CIVIC
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When driving I get a noise in the cabin sounds a bit like a whining noise, like when you hear an aeroplane overhead. The noise becomes louder when accelerating. I'm thinking wheel bearing or hub but I cant seem to place what wheel? I've jacked up each wheel and spun and shook each wheel but can't seem to find any difference between them. Now I not even sure it is a bearing. Any ideas?
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Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011 AT 6:18 PM

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Tiny
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Sounds more like you have a transaxle problem-could be a tire problem
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Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011 AT 6:25 PM
Tiny
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It does seem to be coming from the rear of the car. Would brake disks cause any noise? The rear tyres when I spun them seem to spin freely and then get stuck on a certain part of the disk
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Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011 AT 6:30 PM
Tiny
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Also iv'e checked and the noise is still present when I put the car in neutral when moving
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Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011 AT 6:39 PM
Tiny
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Its kind of hard to help you here, I'm not with the vehicle-you gonna have to pinpoint exactly where the noise is coming from and comeback and I'll help you further
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Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011 AT 6:43 PM
Tiny
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I can confirm the noise is coming from the rear and the noise is unaffected if the the car is in gear or in neutral. This is as far as I can troubleshoot. Am I right in saying that if it were transaxle the noise would only be present when the car is in gear?
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Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011 AT 6:56 PM
Tiny
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You'll be hearing it upfront instead of the rear-could be a wheel bearing problem-who knows
Wheel bearings do not fail often on Hondas.
Is the car an SI? Manual or Automatic transmission?
Is the noise changing with wheel speed or vehicle speed? Meaning, if you put the tranny in neutral while it is happening, does it change with the RPMs on Tachometer, (or just the fact that you are in neutral and off the gas will drop engine to idle speed), or does it only change when the speed of the vehicle slows down?
This will help to isolate the noise some.
Are there any performance or handling or braking changes?
Wheel bearings are tough and will sound different, sometimes, when you are turning. Keep an ear out for the noise changing when turning as well.
Do you park outside under trees or other stuff that could have made its way into the air box? Not likely since you are kind of describing other symptoms. However, see if you hear any noise when A/C fan is on at different speeds when not moving.
Does the car make and clicking noises when you make a sharp U-Turn?

Let me know and I will watch for your reply and get back ASAP.
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Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011 AT 7:01 PM
Tiny
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It probably isn't the bearing unless the noise changes when you turn. I had the same problem except I could tell it was coming from the front left. After changing out the water pump and replacing the hub, the sound didn't stop. Ends up my tire was cupped. Check your tires and if you still can't tell by feeling the inside of the tire, try rotating the tires and see if the location changes.
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Wednesday, August 24th, 2011 AT 1:46 AM

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