Sound from front tire

I hear a sound coming from the front driver's side wheel.
Experienced mechanics share their insights in answering this question :
Is it a squeaking sound? If so, this is most likely due to your brakes being low. Brake pads usually have a small piece of metal that only contacts the rotor when the pads are worn down and in need of replacement. They have this so you will have a warning before the pads totally wear out; at that point, you will possibly lose your brakes and damage your rotors. I would ask for assistance from one of the mechanics at YourMechanic to come to you and inspect the wheel noise to see exactly what your problem is.

How to Identify and Fix Common car Problems ?

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Noises Such As Grinding Or Humming

One of the earliest signs of a bad wheel bearing in the Accord is a grinding or humming noise inside the cabin from the direction of the affected wheel. The louder the humming noise becomes as you drive faster.

The timing belt usually makes the front of your Accord squeal or squeak loudly. There are several belts that your engine needs to operate. Among these is your timing belt, which is the most important. To ensure that valves open and close correctly, it synchronizes the crankshaft and camshaft rotations.
Common reasons for this to happen:

Worn out struts. Worn out strut mounts. Worn out control-arm bushing.

The most common reasons a Honda Accord engine makes a ticking noise are low oil level or pressure, an issue with the ignition system, or an exhaust leak. Search our network of RepairPal Certified shops near you to speak with a technician about your issue.
The classic sounds of a bad wheel bearing are cyclic chirping, squealing and/or growling noise. You can also tell that the sound is related to wheel bearings if it changes in proportion to vehicle speed. The sound can get worse with every turn, or it can disappear momentarily.
Worn, damaged, or bent suspension parts, wheels, or wheel hub bearings, caused by an accident or hitting a pothole or curb, can cause tread cupping, feathering, or scalloped wear. Any of that can make tires squeak. A trip to your repair shop is best to diagnose and correct abnormal tire wear.
Front-end noise is usually a sign that parts located in the front of your car that is related to steering or braking are worn or damaged. Driving your vehicle with front-end noise is dangerous because a loss of braking or steering control can lead to serious accidents.
A clunking, rattling, or squeaking noise from your front end while driving can be annoying and unnerving. Oftentimes, this noisy symptom means there is a problem with your vehicle`s suspension system. These sounds typically occur when driving over uneven surfaces, bumps, or potholes.
If a ball joint is beginning to fail, you may notice a clunking noise coming from the front wheels. This clunking noise will become louder and more frequent over time. You may also notice that your steering has been affected by the bad ball joint, potentially causing vibration in the steering wheel.
The humming noise occurs mostly because of the malfunctioning wheel bearing. The wheel bearing is a major component of a car. It not only helps the wheel spinning but also supports the entire vehicle while driving. So, a poor or faulty wheel bearing can cost you a cosmic accident if you do not diagnose it in time.
Exhaust noise, such as a “lawn mower” type sound should never be ignored because it may indicate an exhaust system leak which can release carbon monoxide into the cabin of your vehicle and negatively impact your health and well-being.
One common cause of a rattling noise coming from your car is rust and corrosion. Check the undercarriage for signs of this, like rusty or corroded metal plates. If you suspect that there`s something wrong with your exhaust system, such as a loose clamp or failed catalytic converter, have it checked out by a mechanic.
A common cause of grinding noises under your car are failing wheel or hub bearings. Wheel bearings allow the wheel and tire to rotate and are designed for low friction, while hub assemblies have an additional responsibility of securing the wheel and tire to the vehicle.
The Mystery of the Humming Tires

Humming tire suspects include faulty wheel bearings and uneven wear on the tires. You can solve this mystery by: Having your vehicle`s wheel bearings inspected and serviced by a trained technician. Getting your tires rotated according to manufacturer`s recommendations.

Alignment problems, suspension issues, or improper tire inflation can all cause strange or unusual tire noise that sounds a bit like thumping or bumping. Misaligned or underinflated tires might sound like squealing or screeching.
There are four sounds in particular that you should look out for: creaking, grunting, rattling, and knocking. See your auto collision center if you hear any of these noises, and keep reading for more on the four sounds of suspension problems.
Grinding Or Humming Noise: The humming or grinding noise can be from a bad wheel bearing or a worn tire. If the sound becomes worse and resembles a growling noise with increased vehicle speed, it`s almost certainly a bad wheel bearing.
Bad strut sounds are usually described as a hollow clunking or banging type of sound. You`ll typically hear the noise when the vehicle is traveling over irregularities in the road. Most front strut assemblies also have a bearing at the top.
When a wheel hub bearing wears out, it puts extra stress on the CV-joint. That can cause the knocking/clunking noise when you turn the vehicle.
If you hear a clunking noise that is especially prominent when you drive over potholes or speed bumps, you probably have a problem with your shock absorbers or your suspension. Continuing to drive with a broken or faulty shock absorber is a bad idea for the health of your car.
The engine of the car makes a whirring sound when accelerating. The more you accelerate, the more the whirring increases. It`s time to get your car in for a checkup! There might be a number of reasons for this, including a bad water pump, low levels of power steering fluid, and a bad air conditioner compressor.
There are a few things you can do to try and stop Honda Accord wind noise. You can adjust your suspension, change the wheel size, or get a custom exhaust system installed. If none of these solutions work, then you may need to replace your Honda Accord`s engine or transmission. What is this?

Relevant Questions and Answers :

the most relevant questions and answers related to your specific issue

Noise from front end after a tire rotation. It sounds like four clacks and happens once each time the wheels make a full rotation.
ANSWER : Hi there. The noise is coming from the lug nuts. Check all of the lug nuts and make sure that they are tight. If the lug nuts are tight, then look at the center of the wheel and make sure that it is aligning up with the hub on the axle. Make sure that the wheel is not out of round causing the wheel to move a little causing the sound. If you need further assistance with your front tires, then seek out a professional, such as one from Your Mechanic, to help you.

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The front tire is making a knocking sound when I accelerate
ANSWER : The noise could be a from a tire that is separated or one of the front axles joints being bad. If you do not feel anything in the steering when the noise is happening, then the noise is most likely from an inner axle joint on one of the axles. I recommend having the front end checked by a mechanic, like one from YourMechanic. They will be able to diagnose the knocking noise and make sure that any repairs that are needed are done properly.

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Odd sound coming from L/F tire. Almost sounds like the tread only is rubbing but nothing is hitting it.
ANSWER : You can rule out the tire as a possibility by simply moving that left front wheel/tire assembly to the rear. After you do that, if the noise persists at the left front, then the tire is not implicated. Wheel bearing failures do make a range of noises and the noise you are describing is potentially included. You can rule out simple things on your own, though, such as brake interference (stuck caliper; check for a hot rotor on left front versus the rotor on the other side) or debris that is perhaps caught in the area of the steering knuckle and/or brake shield. If you cannot find the noise, what I would suggest is that you request a wheel bearing noise diagnostic/inspection. In the course of that diagnostic, if the noise is not found to be due to a failing wheel bearing, the mechanic will nevertheless pinpoint the source of the noise for you whatever the cause. If the bearing has failed, replacement can commence at that time or at a time that is convenient for you. If you have further questions or concerns, do not hesitate to re-contact YourMechanic as we are always here to help you.

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Constant inside tread wear front tires
ANSWER : Unfortunately, many sports cars will experience some inner edge wear on the front and sometimes back tires as well. This means that the vehicle has positive camber designed into the suspension. When a vehicle has positive camber designed into the suspension, this will enable the vehicle to take corners better and will provide some more stability during harsh manuvers. If you are very concerned with the tire wear, I would recommend having your vehicle aligned out of specification to make the wheels more towards the zero mark on the front camber. This may however affect the way the vehicle handles and is not recommended under normal circumstances.

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I hear a loud clicking noise on the drivers side by my tire rim when turning the steering wheel front tires vibrating as well.
ANSWER : A clicking noise on turning is very characteristic of a failed outboard CV axle joint. Sometimes, in such a circumstance, you can see that the rubber outboard boot is actually torn and leaking grease. If you see that (look behind the wheel toward the axle end), the axle for sure will have to be serviced. If you change the axle, be sure to install a new rubber seal on the transmission output side so that you do not have transmission fluid leaks with the new axle (a common mistake is to overlook that seal; if an old, left-in-place seal leaks after the axle is put in the job has to be done all over again). Vibration without actual shaking of the steering wheel "might" be related to the axle issue. On the other hand, such vibration could also be due to a failed wheel bearing, especially with over 200,000 miles on the vehicle and if those are the original bearings. If you were to need both an axle and a wheel bearing at the same time, and on the same side, that’s actually not that bad because the steering knuckle that holds the wheel bearing has to come off anyway to replace the axle. But, backing up here, the very first thing to do is get the issue properly diagnosed so you spend the minimum possible. If you want to obtain a diagnostic, please request a vehicle CV/wheel bearing noise inspection and the responding certified mechanic will get this 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.

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Vibration from passenger side front wheel.
ANSWER : Occasionally, you will be able to measure enough play in the bearing that you can condemn it without further testing. You have to check the factory spec. to see what is allowed and will have to use a dial indicator. Sometimes you can road test the car and by swerving, sequentially load and unload the side of the car with the suspect bad bearing. If the noise level clearly changes as you load and unload the suspect side, that is usually a positive indication. When you swerve you are moving weight temporarily off of the bearing which is enough to alter the noise generated by a bad bearing. Wireless chassis ears are really useful. Basically, the Mechanic will clip microphones onto each front spindle and compare the noise from side to side as the vehicle is driven. The wear on your tires complicates things a little but if there is little noise from the left front tire and yet when you mount that tire on the right the noise increases to about the same level as when you had the original tire on the right, that is an indication of probable bearing failure. The labor time on the bearing is about 2 hours. If you desire that this be evaluated and/or replaced, I recommend you request a wheel bearing diagnostic and a certified Mechanic from YourMechanic will let you know if the bearing needs to be replaced.

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Still vibrating after new tires, re-alignment, and balancing when I go over 70 mph
ANSWER : Hello. If this is still occurring then you have an issue with something that is not spinning true or is out of round on the vehicle. If the vehicle is this new then it is usually caused by a wheel hub that is defective or a CV axle that is bad. From what you are explaining, it sounds like there is an issue with one of the axles. It may have lost a weight of its own or it may have too much play in the axle joint. I would usually get the vehicle in the air to inspect these areas for issues. I would also loosen the engine mounts to allow the engine and transmission to align themselves as there may be some binding there also. Since the vehicle is still under warranty you need to take it back to the dealer to have these issues checked.

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Advice for winter tires
ANSWER : 205/55R17 may be too tall for your vehicle. A couple of good sources to check size compatibility for your vehicle would be tirerack.com or maybe discounttire.com. Sites like Tire Rack specialize in winter tire packages and is a good source for fitment options. I have personally used Bridgestone and Dunlop snow tires and would recommend either. However, it is highly recommended that winter tires be mounted at all 4 corners. Having different tires with different capabilities not only makes the vehicle unstable, it will effect systems like the anti-lock brakes and traction control. Winter tires perform much better than summer or all-season tires do in ice and snow conditions. Having two tires with good winter traction and two with poor traction will have the anti-lock brake system working overtime. Also, sticking with a smaller tire for winter use is advisable. For ice and snow driving, you want the opposite for summer driving. Wide, low profile tires improve warm, dry weather driving. Tall, narrow, tires provide better control on snow and ice. Consider keeping your stock 16 inch wheels for winter use with winter tires mounted on them and maybe a nice set of 17 inch wheels and tires for summer use. I’ve done that with nearly every vehicle I’ve owned whether front, rear, or all-wheel drive.

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