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Old Jun 11th, 2007, 08:33 PM
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DIY Humming noise from front wheels

I have an 05 convertible with 17000 miles on the clock and recently I've noticed feedback through the steering wheel in the form of a constant vibration and humming. This only happens after 30mph but then gets louder the faster i drive. At about 50mph its very noticeable through the feet touching the pedals and the steering wheel. I've had the car up on a trolley jack and checked all the usual stuff, wheel nuts, tyres + pressures, spinning the wheels etc. The noise dissapears when the weight of the car shifts to the left during left hand turns but when i turn right it gets slightly louder.
Its most definitely coming from the front drive but nothing to do with the engines speed. It could be a wheel bearing but Ive had that before with another car and that felt different. I was thinking of more like a suspension bush.
I'm an mechanical engineer by trade and am quite hands on with things like this but its puzzling me. I will book the car into MINI tomorrow but I'm not sure they will find the cause.

Any help would be much appreciated
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Old Jun 11th, 2007, 08:46 PM
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try looking at the power steering fluid it could be low!
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Funny u say that.
I had the car in at mini 3 weeks ago to fix the leaking engine mount and while they were there i told them about my rear window glass scratching as it went down one day so they replaced both if these. They then phoned me to say my power steering had a fault??? A pipe had split and it was leaking.
Took them 4 days to fix all the problems and thats not the first time it been back.
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Did you managed to solve this problem? I have a similar humming/ vibrating from my front left wheel. Noticeable at about 70, gets worse on long sweeping right bends when the front left is under pressure (not sharp turns). Disapears on long left turns? Any ideas?
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Stuart what tyres have you got are they goodyears??
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Guys snap! my MINI has been humming as well lately and dad thinks its the wheel bearing, bmw want £2oo for this !!! eeek! is that right!:?
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Guys snap! my MINI has been humming as well lately and dad thinks its the wheel bearing, bmw want £2oo for this !!! eeek! is that right!:?

Chilli 21 does the noise increase with speed?
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yea it does i think. Hope its just that as had a search on mini2 and some say it could be other things .. scared!
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Yep deffo sounds like your wheel bearing ouch £200 was that fitted?
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yea havent had it done yet, blooming bmw and their prices
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Ive recently had mine into the garage for a hollow rumbling noise and they say they can't find anything (it's been in twice). They suggested it was tyre noise. I had also considered the wheel bearings but they said to confirm this they would need to remove them then once removed they need replacing so to see if it gets worse first.
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huh that sounds odd spf!
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They have agreed that they will cover it under warranty if it goes within 3 months (as just outside warranty now).
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was it the wheel bearing spf?
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Don't know yet.... got 3 months to find out I guess....

I have extended my warranty by going through Warranty Direct so hopefully one way or another I will be covered.
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