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    Default Droning noise from wheels/brakes area?

    Right guys, im hoping you can help - in August i had 4 michelin energy savers fitted to my vectra c in size 205/55/16. they were meant to be an upgrade from 4 worn budget chinese tyres.

    Problem is theyre noisy as hell and ever since having had them fitted my car is incredibly noisy. The road noise from the rotation of the wheels is almost unbearable and on top of that the noise isn't smooth - almost like a reverberating noise which my girlfriend described as a "chugging" noise. I've had the alignment checked, all wheels balanced and i even had the tyres refitted just to eliminate that problem on the off chance.

    Additionally, there is no warping of brakes obvious through the brake pedal when braking, however there is a noise present all the time, when both braking and not - imagine the noise braking would make, but as if at one point it has more friction than the rest of the time and this continues every rotation of the wheel - both braking and not.

    The noises only seem to go away at 70ish and i assume thats because im going so fast that they noises all merge into one!

    Can anyone help me out here?

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    Also - noise sounds worse when cornering left a little less than gently, but noticeably better when cornering right.

    Could it be wheel bearings perhaps - although surely i'd feel the notchy bearings when rotating the wheel by hand?

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    sounds like a bearing had this on my old audi a4 but it was turning right allmost like a grinding sound that get worse quickly

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    I just replaced my rear drivers side bearing, took me ages to determine it was the bearing and not the camber/tyres at fault.
    I could tell it was the bearing as the nice started almost straight away, whereas tyre noise shouldn't be present at 10mph, plus the roar did not change on different road surfaces, normally if you go from a harsh chip to some nice asphalt the tyres should get quieter, when mine stayed the same volume and pitch I knew it was the bearings.
    Oh, and my two rear calipers had seized too, they were done first, the garage did warn me about the bearings but I had to be 100% sure myself first, so had them done 2 days later.

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    Just had both sides of the car jacked up to check the wheel bearings by feeling for roughness through the spring. However there was no roughness or notchyness or play in the wheels.

    What else could be causing the noise? the brakes didnt feel like they were binding either - just rubbing slightly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thom View Post
    However there was no roughness or notchyness or play in the wheels.
    Did you remove the brake caliper and pads when you spun the bearing?

    I thought my new bearings, fitted just 1k miles ago, were suspect as I was still getting a droning noise after four new Kumho KU39's also went on.

    With the brake caliper and pads in position, I could here a clicking and roughness. So off came the calipers and pads and the new bearings are 100% OK, smooth as anything with no roughness, just as they should be.

    As an aside, I've had the rear tyres balanced three times in 1k miles and now I think the nosie is as good as it's going to get - bumma.

    HTH

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    Just had two VERY kanckered bearings replaced up front today - car is deadly quiet now, at all speeds. best £600 ive ever spent!

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    just replaced my o/s rear hub as i had a horrible sound when i hit 50 and over and it took me ages to figure out what wheel it was. Its a lot quiter now. My car is only 08 plate 46000 miles. very easy to fit, took me ages to unplug the abs cable lol

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