The low-mileage Dunlop tires on my 2001 Esacpe make a lot of noise. Steers
perfectly, can't feel any vibration, no cupping, recent rotation did
nothing, but a low vibrating sound is heard when coasting/decelerating.
Local tire store has an expensive machine and wants $25/tire to do a "road
Does that sound remotely like a cure?
Thanks for any comments.
1. that price is ridiculous
- I'd wonder if they'd charge that on a problem tire they sold?
2. Your complaint? No... I dont think it's "bad" tires. The tread design may
make another problem more noticable but without any other symptom.....
- Yes, I'm a crusty old geezer curmudgeon.. deal with it! -
Now if it had a propshaft I'd say check that.
The Mk1 and 2 Granadas had a similar problem with the driveshafts when
abused or with big miles.
Maybe a CV joint or a driveshaft bearing in the gearbox? Grab the things and
see how much play you can get, go on, be rough.
$100.00 Per set to try to fix 4 year old tires?
Gotta ask yourself if you can live with the noise.
If you can't ask if the local tire store can guarantee a fix. If
not, that's a lot of money to spend to test a theory.
With 4 year old tires the rubber is getting harder, for safer driving
it might be a better bet to just replace noise or not.
Just my $0.02.
The tires are only 2 years old with 15K miles.
Yes, I thought the price ridiculous too. But I'm in Hawaii and competition
is sometimes non-existent.
It does sound like a drive shaft imbalance .... but those days are long
I'll tug on the CV and feel for play.
Yes, I swapped front to back.
I jacked the car and did another "shake" test today. The right side is rock
steady but there is some "wobble" on the left. I'm thinking its the
bearing. I think the FWD bearing is more than I need to tackle and it
should be covered under the ESP anyway. I'll take it in during the week
Thanks for the comments.
Balancing only stops shakes/vibration, it's not going to do anything
for noise. It seems like cars have been getting more and more
susceptible to tire noise in the last several years. Either the
tires are getting noisier or the noise proofing in cars is getting
crappier, or both.
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