Road Noise - Humming Noise - 2002 Honda Accord

Tiny
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This is regarding my 2002 Honda Accord EX 4-cyl w/ 72K miles. I am experiencing some noticalbe road noise when driving my car. First noticable at about 35-40 mph, but it is not very loud and it is lower in pitch. At highways speeds, 65-80, the noise is much louder and higher in pitch. The best way I can describe it, it sounds like a humming noise. I thought it was my tires(they were quite worn). I replaced them and was disappointed when the road noise was still there. What could this be?
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Tuesday, January 30th, 2007 AT 12:12 PM

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Tiny
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Check the skirting under the front of the car for looseness. Tighten as needed. Do you have wheel covers or alloy rims? The covers could be loose and making noise. Check other components for being secure. For instance, heat shield on the exhaust, etc.
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Tuesday, January 30th, 2007 AT 5:54 PM
Tiny
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Thanks. I am not 100% sure what you mean by skirting. But I will take a look. I have alloy wheels, so not a possible hubcap issue.

Could this have anything to do with bearings? That is one possiblity I read about.
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Wednesday, January 31st, 2007 AT 11:51 AM
Tiny
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The skirting is the plastic shielding under the front of the car. Sometimes it gets caught on things and will vibrate.

Now you mention the speeds of 35-40 and then 65-80. The latter you state is the loudest but what happens in between? No noise?

Do a tire rotation putting front right on right rear and left front on left rear. While you have the tires off look at the shielding for the wheels to ensure that it is not pushed in a touching the rotor rotation. Rotate the wheels while in the air and feel for any detectable drag, noise, etc.
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Wednesday, January 31st, 2007 AT 2:07 PM
Tiny
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Well, 35-40 is about when the noise is noticalbe. And it only gets worse as the speed increases. It certainly is there the whole time all the way up to the 80 mph mark.

I will definately check out your suggestions. Thank you so much for your help on this. Also, do you think this has anything to do with my brake work? See my post on "Steering Wheel Shakes when Braking".
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Wednesday, January 31st, 2007 AT 3:56 PM
Tiny
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I don't think they are related.
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Wednesday, January 31st, 2007 AT 7:34 PM
Tiny
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I have the same problem with my 2001 Civic. I have a question posted about this issue. I hope we can get this problem solved. It's an annoying sound and it might be a safety/axle issue? I hope I'm wrong though.
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Wednesday, January 31st, 2007 AT 8:50 PM
Tiny
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So I took my car in to a mechanic. They found out it was the rear right bearing. They replaced the whole bearing. Case and all and that got rid of any more noise. What a difference. Anyways.I hope this helps anyone with the same issue.

Thanks.
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Friday, March 16th, 2007 AT 12:07 PM

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