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Old Oct 30th, 2012, 09:16 PM
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Weird Noise between 50-79MPH

Hi all,

Apologies if this is posted in the wrong section but need some advice.

I have only had my mini one 04 plate for a few days. Driving on the motorway is very noisy, but I accept that road noise is part and parcel. However, between 50-65/70 MPH I am getting a really annoying loud constant noise, which is driving me insane, I can hear it over my music.

Without being an idiot ill try and explain the noise, it's almost like a whirring throbbing noise, phonetically something like this a-woo-a-woo-a-woo etc etc. it's not present from about 0-50 but between the speeds mentioned above it is so loud and I'm starting to feel daunted, thinking about the possibility that there may be an issue.

I'm gonna get the car checked out anyway, because I can't possibly live that sound but does anyone have any idea what this may be?

many thanks,

Laura.
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Old Oct 30th, 2012, 09:22 PM
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Could be a wheel bearing.

But then again it could be anything
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Old Oct 30th, 2012, 09:46 PM
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Had this on previous car, a Golf. Turned out to be mis-sharpen tyres, that is tyres that were not truly round. I didn't believe the dealer at first. I thought that they were trying to fob me off. I, being an ex mechanic, swore blind that it was a rear wheel bearings. When I jacked up the car, the tyres were out of shape. Changed the tyres, which hurt somewhat as there was untold tread left on them, and the noise disappeared.
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Had this on previous car, a Golf. Turned out to be mis-sharpen tyres, that is tyres that were not truly round. I didn't believe the dealer at first. I thought that they were trying to fob me off. I, being an ex mechanic, swore blind that it was a rear wheel bearings. When I jacked up the car, the tyres were out of shape. Changed the tyres, which hurt somewhat as there was untold tread left on them, and the noise disappeared.

That's very interesting, definitely something worth investigating or mentioning. I'm clueless with technical issues and thus do not want to be fobbed off either. As you know the noise becomes very tiresome, it's wrecking my mini pleasure .

I'm off on holiday Thursday so ill look into this next week and once I get an answer I will update.

Thanks a lot.
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Yes, you are right about the noise being tiresome. I would say our noise went on for months. Some days was worse than others. Some days the noise was a throb and on other days it was a drone. As both of the tyres were out of shape, I guess the noise changed as the tyres rotated in relation to one another. Cost £250 to get a silent journey!
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I took it to my local hi-q to get a tyre changed last Saturday as the front near side was illegal, have conti's on there, so replaced with a conti. I only had the car an hour before getting a new tyre so couldn't remember if the noise was there then.

Ill pay the money to get it fixed, because things like this just start out as a niggle which slowly gets more and more frustrating. P

Ill let you know the out come in due course
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