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Old 01-03-2013, 02:08 PM
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My 2009 Laramie has 30k miles on it and has a noise coming from the driver’s side front wheel area that sounds just like a bent rotor when you are braking but is going on all the time and is speed related in that it speeds up and slows in sync with vehicle speed. We rotated and rebalanced the tires twice, then I was absolutely convinced it was the wheel bearing so I replaced it ( $400 ) but still no change!
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Not to undermine your abilities..but did you make sure all your lug nuts are tight? I made the mistake of not tightening my well enough and I noticed it as soon as I got in the truck, the sound I heard matches your description pretty wheel...the wheel just wasn't on tight. Check the simple things first
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if you have good year tires that's what your problem is.
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Thanks guys, it’s not lug nuts and by this time I have tried every tire on this corner. They are still the original Goodyear tires and they have had an unexplained feather wear on the outside edge since new. I had an alignment and rebalance as soon as I noticed it but the same thing happened to the rears when moved to the front. The noise is once per revolution not multiples from the feathering. I have rotated the wheel on jacks and listened to it with a stethoscope and hear nothing. Since no one can explain the odd tire wear maybe HEMILANCER has the answer, it’s a manufacturing problem with the Goodyear’s.
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its just how they wear. all my tires have 1 spot that is feathered worse than the rest of the tire so it makes a whomp whomp whomp kinda noise. its not a manufacturing problem its just a cheap all season tire that resists wear by becoming noisy. the smoother the road the louder the noise! u could get 60k miles outa them if you can tolerate the noise. i work at a shop that sells tires so i see alotta rubber and the bridgestone dueler hl is probably the tire i'm gonna get, the toyo open country ht is next followed by the open country at which just came out with a new design which is selling like crazy right now.
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Hey Thanks, I pulled the fender well and added some soundproofing today so maybe that will help me ignore the problem until the tires are worn out. The problem with these things is that once you focus on them they drive you nuts until you solve the problem.
Anyone need a good used front wheel bearing let me know!
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The sooner you get better tires, the better, IMO. Hang on to the extra bearing as a spare. They do eventually wear out and you may as well have one ready.
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Thanks guys, it’s not lug nuts and by this time I have tried every tire on this corner. They are still the original Goodyear tires and they have had an unexplained feather wear on the outside edge since new. I had an alignment and rebalance as soon as I noticed it but the same thing happened to the rears when moved to the front. The noise is once per revolution not multiples from the feathering. I have rotated the wheel on jacks and listened to it with a stethoscope and hear nothing. Since no one can explain the odd tire wear maybe HEMILANCER has the answer, it’s a manufacturing problem with the Goodyear’s.
I have the same feathering issue on my front tires. My truck is a 2009 with 40,000 miles on it. I thought I had lost a wheel weight so I took it to Pep Boys (thinking it should be easy enough and cheap there). They said th balance was fine and that it was my struts that need replacing. I haven't replaced them yet until I could research the issue.

So if I replace the tires, the issue should go away? It won't show back up in another 40,000 miles and mess up a new set of tires wil it? I DON'T plan to go back to Goodyear tires.
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Worn out struts will cause cupping, not feathering and missing wheel weights have nothing to do with it either. Given the life span of todays suspension components, I would say the struts are most likely ok unless there is visible leakage. As far as wear issues showing up in another 40k, I would recommend not going that long between alignments. Install a good set of tires and then locate a competent alignment shop and have an alignment done. Be sure to get a printout of the before and after specs.
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