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Old 05-14-2011, 02:54 PM
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A family member recently donated to my wife a 98 Prelude with 83k miles. The car has sat up for over a year so I am giving it some needed maintenance. In the initial drive, I discovered the car had serious road noise. When I got back to the house, I discovered the inside of the front tires had worn to the point cords were showing. I figured the road noise was just from the bad tires and it would go away with new tires.

I just came from getting two new Goodyear Eagle GT's installed on the front and the road noise is still there. I'm talking serious road noise. It's loud enough that it's hard to have a conversation in the car while driving down the highway. I still need to take the car to get an alignment, but I don't see how that can cause road noise with brand new tires. Anyone have any experience with this? Any ideas what could be causing such bad road noise? Surely this isn't something natural with these cars.
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Re: Road noise

was the car in an accident??
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No accidents. The car rides perfectly straight with zero pull.
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Re: Road noise

is it legit road noise from the tires and road, or do you think it could be coming from the bearings or axles? maybe the tires or something else could be rubbing?
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Re: Road noise

^^ x2 on the possibility of the wheel bearings.

Have you had an alignment since the tires were put on? Do you think the noise is coming from the front of the car or the back?


I would jack the car up and check one wheel at a time for wheel bearing issues - that's the easiest thing to do. Just get a wheel in the air and spin it, if you get a humming noise or anything that's NOT smooth than it's most likely the bearing. Also try to shake the wheel up and down/ left and right / push in pull out. That's another way to check the bearings.


We're all going to assume here - but is the car on stock suspension?
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Re: Road noise

It would be nice to know what the hell you mean by "road noise."

Is it a....Grinding? Squealing? Howling? Rushing? Tweeting? Popping? Cranking? Fapping? Growling? Whining? Barking? Sucking? Hissing? Banging? Meowing?


Gotta be more specific dude, because "road noise" could be one of 1,484 different things, and seeing as how I do not have a telepathic link to your brain stem (and no one else does either), you need to be a bit more descriptive to help us narrow down the possibilities, otherwise we're just pissing in the wind.
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I'd replace the wheel bearings, if it's giving you that "womp womp womp womp womp" sound as you drive.
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if it sounds like a helicopter chasing you its a wheel bearing . id say take it to a shop have them take it for a ride and diagnose it . if hondas sit for a long period of time the bearings tend to go bad . any decent mechanic can diag this and fix it pretty easy ..
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It would be nice to know what the hell you mean by "road noise."

Is it a....Grinding? Squealing? Howling? Rushing? Tweeting? Popping? Cranking? Fapping? Growling? Whining? Barking? Sucking? Hissing? Banging? Meowing?


Gotta be more specific dude, because "road noise" could be one of 1,484 different things, and seeing as how I do not have a telepathic link to your brain stem (and no one else does either), you need to be a bit more descriptive to help us narrow down the possibilities, otherwise we're just pissing in the wind.
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