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Old 04-24-2008, 10:05 AM   #1
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Sudden and constant road noise when stearing right...

Hey everyone!

Ok... husband just put my summer tires on last week and I notice that I get major road noise when I'm stearing right. I don't get this problem when driving straight or stearing left. Any ideas as to what may be causing it? I have a feeling it's something with the summer tires (which are fine, btw, this is the second summer I'll have these ones on) installation... don't want to bring it to the garage unless it's something major that we can't fix ourselves. Furthermore, hubby says he put them back on the same as they were last year when we put the winter ones on...

Confused and needing some advice,

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Old 04-24-2008, 02:49 PM   #2
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By road noise I'm assuming you mean squealing. If so, do some simple things first like checking the tire pressure. Under-inflated tires tend to squeal more.
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Ok...update... no... it's not tires squealing... just mean there's a lot of noise coming from the passenger side....not clunking/squealing or anything like that... the car is just much louder when it's steared to the right.... not engine noise, that's why I'm refering to road noise/tire noise... but definitely not squealing tires... tire pressure is fine.

Part deux:
my husband says that he found the car made the same noise when I had my winter tires on.... I can't totally agree with that, but maybe it's more noticeable with my summer tires??? They (winter tires) are the same size as my summer ones... put 'em on 2002 Focus alloy rims.... I don't get it.... one of my friends mentioned bushings?? wha'???

can anyone shed light on this?
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Bushings by themselves wouldn't cause noise issues except for squeaks which you say is not occurring . With bad bushings you would feel vibrations and sloppy handling, especially at higher speeds, and possibly some visible tire wear. Have your front struts ever been replaced? A bad shock can allow the tire to "slap" or pound the pavement which can cause unusual noises as well.
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Could you describe the noise better? Is it more of a growling or humming noise? If so, and it's not the tires, it could be a wheel bearing on the left side. Try jacking up the car and pulling on the wheel, see if it moves in and out a little. If there is any play, it is a strong sign the wheel bearing might be shot. If it's more of a clicking or clacking noise it could be a CV joint, again most likely on the left side. When you have the car jacked up, take a good look at the CV boots (inner and outer), and if they are torn and/or leaking grease, they are almost certainly going and need replacing. If the boots are intact, it is very unlikely to be a bad CV joint.
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