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Old 04-16-2009, 09:25 AM
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Noise from rear end

I have just bought a 1997 Honda Prelude 2.0 litre Auto , but i am getting at about 10-15 mph what i thought was a wheel bearing noise from the rear . But on looking at the service bills both rear bearings have been replaced under 7000 miles and the noise goes away above 15 mph and even when its there going around corners do not make any difference to the noise which a bearing on its way out would do. Do Preludes suffer from tyre noise at certain speeds as i have taken it to a Honda garage and the mechanic reckons its the rear tyres and says all Preludes are noisy at the rear. Can any one give thier opinion please . Cheers Tony
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Re: Noise from rear end

I am having some of the same noise issues with my 98 with 130,000 miles. It sure sounds like a rear wheel bearing. That being said I have always had alot of bearing like noise since I got the car at 51,000 miles. As far as I know my rear wheel hub bearing assemblies are original. Does anyone have any input as to how many miles one gets out of the stock bearings, how often replaced, etc? thanks, satwilson
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Re: Noise from rear end

Well, it could be the rear tires, if the tires are chopped up they can create a noise very similar to a wheel bearing. The alignment angles can also create strange noises or vibrations, and toe being out of specification could quickly eat your tires and create a noise. run your hand along the tread of the tire, if it feels kind of like a saw blade then you have an excessive toe problem with your alignment.
It is also possible that the rear hub bearing is bad again due to faulty parts or installation, or possible the spindle nut is loose.

As far as average lifespan of a wheel bearing, mine all had to be replaced between 140 and 180K miles, with my most recent at 178,000 miles on it.
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Re: Noise from rear end

Tire wear and alignment were fine, took a buddy for a ride and he also thought rear wheel bearings. Replaced both rear hub assemblies and bad noises now gone!! FYI I bought Timken part #TM512144, available online from various vendors for $60-$115ea(shop around for a good price). The Timken box said Made in Japan on the outside(Timken is an American bearing company) and inside were OEM assemblies, same Japanese bearing company as my originals. I am a happy boy!! thanks sfields for the tips, satwilson
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