2002 Toyota Corolla Humming at acceleration

Tiny
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  • 2002 TOYOTA COROLLA
  • 197,000 MILES
My daughter called me to inform me that there is a very loud distinct humming sound at high acceleration such as highway driving, as the car slows down it gets much softer and at a idle it is not heard. It sounds like a possible vacumm leak? My question is are there any common areas to look for this model of Toyota?
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Monday, August 18th, 2014 AT 5:17 PM

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Tiny
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It doesn't sound like a vacuum leak to me. It sounds more like either a wheel bearing issue or uneven tire wear.

Ask her to do this. In an area where it is safe (no traffic), drive the car until she hears the noise. Then, turn the steering back and forth from left to right. Does the sound change? If it does, in which direction does it get louder?

Also, have her check to make sure the tires are not cupped or worn unevenly.

Let me know what you find,

Joe
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Monday, August 18th, 2014 AT 6:47 PM
Tiny
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Thanks-wheel bearing (it was just replaced, so it is free including the labor-this is the second time its been done). Also the Cat. Was almost completetly blocked and per the mechanic "peeling apart, completely broken down"-would something like this cause a CEL PO303/PO300-random misfire?
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Thursday, August 21st, 2014 AT 1:27 PM
Tiny
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So it was the wheel bearing? As far as the cat, a plugged one could cause misfires from the engine because there is too much back pressure.
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Thursday, August 21st, 2014 AT 4:55 PM
Tiny
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Thanks-yes it was the wheel bearing-they say it must have been defective part-so they will replace for free on Tues-She hopes that will dissapate the noise
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Thursday, August 21st, 2014 AT 5:34 PM
Tiny
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Glad you found it. If they replace it with a good bearing, the noise will be gone. Let me know if you have other questions.
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Thursday, August 21st, 2014 AT 5:49 PM

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