Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Tires making whining noise.

asked by on

I might need to replace the front bearings, bushings, and tie rods. The tires are making a weird whining noise.

A: The tread wall of the tires need to be chec...

The tread wall of the tires need to be checked for abnormal wear. Inspect the tires to ensure no steel chords are exposed on the tire. Run your hand across the inner and outer edges of each tire to see if a cupping or chopping pattern is worn in the tread. If there is then it would indicate possible worn or bent suspension components. These issues would have to be repaired and the tires replaced to get rid of the noise. A vehicle alignment may be necessary to ensure new tires are not prematurely worn and the issue returns. If the noise is a growling noise and no abnormal tire wear is evident, then taking the vehicle to a safe open area to test drive will be necessary. Drive the vehicle to the slowest speed the noise can be heard and then safely move the steering wheel to the left and right to shift the vehicle's weight from side to side. Listen for sound change while doing this. The side on which the noise is more noticeable when the vehicle weight is shifted would indicate a wheel bearing issue. You may want to enlist the help of a mechanic who can accurately diagnose the noise source and recommend/carry out necessary repairs.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Save up to 30%

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Battery light and check engine light on

Hi there, thanks for writing in. I'm happy to help. The battery light will come on if the charging system and battery voltage drops below a minimum set by the factory. The check engine light is letting you know that...

Q: Car stuck in park

First of all, be sure that you are fully depressing the brake pedal. With modern day vehicles, the shifter will not move out of park without the brake pedal depressed as a standard safety feature. If this is not fixing...

Q: Traction Control System light always on

Hi, thanks for writing in. Your car is equipped with wheel speed sensors at each of the four wheels which monitor wheel speed while relaying this information constantly to the ABS and traction control system which are controlled by the...

Related articles

How Long Does a Distributor O Ring Last?
The distributor is part of the ignition system in your vehicle and its purpose is to route high voltage from the ignition coil to the spark plug. The spark plug then...
P0240 OBD-II Trouble Code: Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance
P0240 code definition Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance What the P0240 code means P0240 is an OBD-II generic code triggered when the Engine Control Module (ECM) detects the intake boost...
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.