Q: Wheel keeps humming, I think it's a wheel bearing

asked by on

When traveling at around 40+ mph, there is a humming noise from the front the tires. The tires still have a lot of tread.

My car has 163000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Hi, thanks for writing in. I believe you’re on the right track. Wheel bearing failures are common on many GM vehicles particularly their trucks and SUVs. I would recommend having your wheel bearings inspected with a mechanic’s stethoscope to determine which one is causing the noise. From there, if a replacement is needed, I would recommend having the wheel bearing replaced by a qualified professional with every with every retort to specification. Here at YourMechanic, we can have a technician come to your home or office to inspect this noise for you, and make or suggest the necessary repairs.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1,000 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!
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. Wheel keeps humming, I think it's a wheel bearing

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 car shakes really bad when going over 40 mph

Hi there. From the description you have given, your vehicle shakes over 40 mph. The first thought would be the tires like you've mentioned. Typically vibration (shakes) are due to something that is out-of-balance. Given the tires and wheels have...

Q: Car locked in reverse

Hi there. You can be experiencing 1 of 2 things. Your vehicle's brake switch which indicates that the brake is pressed allows you to shift gears may be malfunctioning. These typically deteriorate overtime causing the shifter to be "stuck." Secondly...

Q: Truck idles poorly, starts jumping

There are numerous potential causes for the symptoms you are having. The first thing that comes to mind is a vacuum leak (unmetered air allowing the engine). Vacuum leaks are noticeable at idle and not under load while accelerating. There...

Related articles

How Do Power Car Windows Increase Passenger Safety?
Power windows are responsible for approximately 2,000 emergency room visits every year. When a power window closes, it exerts enough force to bruise or break bones, crush fingers, or restrict an airway. Though...
What Causes Hoses to Leak?
While the largest part of your engine is mechanical, hydraulics plays a significant role. You’ll find fluids at work in a number of different areas. Your car's fluids include: Engine oil Transmission...
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...