# 2003 Accord Whistles at 123KM/h

For those who have a 2003 Accord (4CYL) or newer with a lot of kliometers.
Does anyone hear some kind of whistling coming from the front of the
car when you get to 123KM/h. I get some kind of whistling that starts at 123KM/h. It disappears at 130KM/h. It comes back at 150KM/h. Service thinks it's a wheel bearing but I had it from about 90,000KM. I now have just over 250,000KM. It's just a bit louder.
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On 10/6/2006 3:28 PM highkm spake these words of knowledge:

Is this something you can hear while the windows are up? I have not noticed any such thing, although I have only 144K kilometers on my 2003 Accord.
RFT!!! Dave Kelsen
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This occurs with windows up or down. The nosie can be modulated by the gas pedal at those speeds i.e. if while the noise is heard I slightly increase the gas the noise is louder, and if I let go off the gas pedal the noise disappears. It may be front wheel bearings or transmission. Everyone that knows something abouth car mechanics states that it's wheel bearings. I have had many bearings go on my previous cars, but I have never had whisling wheel bearings.
Dave Kelsen wrote:

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The only one I had whistle was eating its way through the hub! Actually, it was more of a screech....
I am really intrigued about the change in sound with the accelerator pedal; wheel bearings normally don't care what you are doing with the accelerator. How would the wheel bearings know? I'm thinking a vacuum leak from above the throttle plate, but it could also be anything in the power train; engine, transmission, axles. Narrowing it down from there may take some ingenuity and persistence.
A thought occurs to me, though - it would be quick, cheap and easy to look over the fit of the air cleaner to the engine. If there's a gap or rip in there it would do what you describe. temporarily removing the air filter from the housing would also increase the speed at which the whistle starts.
Mike
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The load on the wheel bearing is greater as you go faster. Eventually the half-shafts exert a much higher force on the wheel and therefore the bearings, then when the cars is moving at a slow constant speed. I am not entirely sure whether it is the transmission, transaxle or the wheel bearings. What is for sure is when I go down hill at 130Km/h and shift into neutral from drive, the noise begins to appear at about 125KM/h. It is not as loud as when it is in gear, but nevertheless, it is there. I could also hear it slightly when coasting at around 40KM/h. I am more inclined to believe that it is something in the transmission i.e. where the half-shafts meet with the rest of the transmission mechanism like the axle etc.
Dan. Michael Pardee wrote:

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I had the vehicle diagnosed. The noise is being made by a resonating gear selector cable (control cable). The cable+bushings (bushings are the cause) is \$225. The total cost is approximately \$500.
Does anyone know where I can get a diagram that shows how it's replaced?
Thanks a bunch.
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highkm wrote:

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