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Old 05-04-2013, 12:24 PM   #1
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Excessive Road Noise with Eibach Pro-Kit

Has anyone ever had a problem with a lot of road noise with the pro-kit? I've had the shocks on for maybe like a month and it just started getting really loud when I'm rolling maybe a week ago. I was wondering if that was normal or if something is wrong. It's not the exhaust or anything, it's definitely coming from the wheels or something around there. It kinda sounds like a whrrrring noise that gets a higher pitch the faster the wheels are rolling. It's noticeable over the sounds of the engine and even my radio now.

Is there anything I can check out to make sure it's all good?


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Old 05-04-2013, 03:12 PM   #2
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Check the bearings would be my guess at it.
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Check the bearings would be my guess at it.
I'd say the same thing. Roll down the window & hit a slight hill & turn the motor off & listen for a front or rear.
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I can do that for sure. How big of a maintenance thing is that to swap out? I've never dealt with bearings before.
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I can do that for sure. How big of a maintenance thing is that to swap out? I've never dealt with bearings before.
Where does it seem to be coming from? Front or rear?
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When driving around normally, I want to say rear but it's hard to tell. I'll take it out later today or tomorrow and check it out again.

Is this more of an annoyance or can it lead to bigger problems if I don't get it checked out right away?
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I'd have to say w/o hearing it & you said it is louder then your radio, Figure on replacing a bearing soon. More then likely a rear wheel bearing. Hit up Steve at Toulsey ford, or a vender here on this site.
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If it is indeed wheel bearings, failure is generally catastrophic. It's one of those few items (which not-coincidentally are all suspension related) that can cause a huge issue in a split second.

If you have an infrared thermometer, you can use it to help pinpoint a bad bearing. If you don't have one, you can use your hand for an 'unofficial' idea. Simply drive your car for a few minutes with the sound loud enough that you notice it. Slow down and stop (preferably without brakes), then get out and check the center of your wheel at the hub. Matching temps/feel are good, but if you have one that's bad it should be quite noticeable.
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Another way to tell would be to jack up each wheel individually and give them a spin by hand, a bad bearing will give a kind of rough grinding sound, you'll notice the difference.
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There should also be a lot of play in the bad wheel compared to the others while the car is off the ground.
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