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Humming noise from the front end

I took a long road trip and all of the sudden I find myself hearing a humming noise coming from what seems like the engine bay. I also noticed that it seems to go with the speed of the tires. If I am accelerating its faster and louder, if i decelerate the opposite happens. What could possibly cause this?

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  • jaymonee Jun 18, 2008

    i already had checked in the wheel wells, but i will most certainly check again... if is not the plastic, is there another possible alternative that it could be.

  • jaymonee Jun 18, 2008

    pretty close to 117,000 miles

  • brian c
    brian c May 11, 2010

    The worse case scenario is a wheel bearing is on its way out.

    How many miles are on it?


  • brian c
    brian c May 11, 2010

    The same thing happened to me... but may not be the solution.

    After driving non-stop for about 200 miles, i heard the same "humming" noise.

    Turns out, when I passed a tractor trailer, the gust of wind somehow pulled off the plastic inner fenderwell and it was rubbing the front tire, but only at 50mph and up.

    Check for any loose or hanging pieces near the front tires, or under the car. You may be surprised.


  • brian c
    brian c May 11, 2010

    I can't see a wheel bearing going out that soon (my Honda still had its originals at almost 300k).

    However, if the car was ever in an accident that's a different story. Any type of impact to the wheels can greatly lower the life of the bearings. Even "grazing" a curb can effect them.

    Another thing to consider are the tires. Think about it. You're driving for hours on end. The air in the tires are getting hot, thus expanding and increasing pressure, and possibly exceeding the tire manufacturers recommended "hot" air pressure. A tire that is "hot" can have increased air pressures by 4+ psi of air.


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It also happened to me i had it checked and the local mechanic just changed the fan belt of my car, try to change your fan belt....thanks.

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