EXCESSIVE NOISE COMING FROM TIRES/WHEELS.

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  • jtravis271
  • 2002 Ford Explorer
  • 143,000 miles

I've had it aligned and tire wear is normal. Sounds like an airplane. Maybe wheel bearings worn out?

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012 AT 12:33 AM

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  • djcl
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  • 786 posts

Are the tires cupping? Run your hand over
Them. Do thay feel choppy. If yes you might need shocks or wheel balance

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Tuesday, March 20th, 2012 AT 12:56 AM
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  • caradiodoc
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An "airplane engine" is exactly how I describe noisy wheel bearings. If the noise changes when you steer to one side, such as when changing lanes at highway speed, it's definitely a wheel bearing. If the noise doesn't change, it still can be a wheel bearing.

The best way I've found to identify which bearing is noisy is to run the vehicle on a hoist and listen next to each one with a stethoscope.

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Tuesday, March 20th, 2012 AT 12:59 AM

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