Q: Humming noise coming from my tires. Not the wheel bearings and not the shocks or tires

asked by on

There's a humming noise coming from my tires. It was worse at the back. My back tires had some flat spots too. They checked wheel bearings; they're solid. Changed the shocks and back tires, no change. The noise is slightly better but still quite bad.. Please help!

Wireless chassis ears (remote microphones) can be mounted at each wheel position to pinpoint the origin of the humming. Wheel bearings that have zero play (i.e., are absolutely "solid") can make a huge amount of noise if there are merely defects on the bearing race. Very often, you can NOT determine whether a wheel bearing accounts for noise based on an external exam or even measurement. That is because the noise, often humming as you describe it, is caused by relatively small imperfections in the bearing races and those imperfections can only be seen if you totally disassemble the bearing. If you request a vehicle noise diagnostic - suspect wheel bearings, the responding certified mechanic will pinpoint the origin of the noise and get this issue taken care of for you. If you have further questions or concerns, do not hesitate to re-contact YourMechanic as we are always here to help you.

Was this answer helpful?
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. Humming noise coming from my tires. Not the wheel bearings and not the shocks or tires

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: My front right tire is smoking, and we are driving in the free way? What's going on?

You may have a wheel bearing gone bad or there is a problem from the brakes. Inspect the back of wheel to see if any road debris like a plastic bag did not get on brakes? If no debris then...

Q: Suspension damage 2015 Dodge Dart

Hi there - possibly. While it is possible that the wheel bearing was not damaged, or damaged enough to cause a concern for replacement. However, most modern front-wheel drive vehicles utilize double-row ball bearing hub designs, and these bearings are...

Q: Is It Unsafe to Continue Driving a Vehicle with Broken Wheel Speed Sensors?

The wheel speed sensors are the vehicle’s sensors which are used to collect data for the vehicle’s safety systems. These systems include such safety features as the anti-lock braking system (ABS) and the electronic stability control system (ESC), and both...

Related articles

How Long Does a Heater Control Valve Last?
Keeping the right amount of coolant in a car is essential in keeping the engine at the right temperature. Failing to have the right amount of coolant or even bad elements...
Rules of the Road For Iowa Drivers
Driving on the roads requires knowledge of the rules, many of which are based on common sense and courtesy. However, even though you know the rules in...
How Much Does a Mechanic Make in Vermont?
Automotive technician jobs in Vermont have an average mechanic salary of $37k, with some mechanics earning a salary of $53k.