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Old 14 Dec 2019, 01:52 pm
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Default Tires/wheels noisy

My 2005 PT Cruiser convertible has a horrible "roaring" sound when going from 35 to 50. Here are clues/symptoms:
  • Sound stops when turning to the left.
  • I don't think it is the tires, they are fairly new Michelin tires, properly inflated
  • Not related to engine speed or gear range

Does anybody have any clue as to what in the world this may be? Or where I should start looking?
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Old 14 Dec 2019, 03:21 pm
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Default Re: Tires/wheels noisy

Wheel bearings would be my first guess.
Just having mine done for that reason.

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Old 15 Dec 2019, 08:43 am
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Default Re: Tires/wheels noisy

Ditto on the wheel bearings. I just had them done on my daughter's Neon. It wasn't a horrible roaring sound, more of an annoying, troubling low pitch whine. It started a couple of months ago above ~40 mph. Recently it started at ~20 mph, so I decided to have them changed.

Per my brother, the mechanic, when you turn the wheel towards one side, it unloads that side and loads the opposite side. So maybe the left front wheel bearing? Just Internet speculation here, your mileage may vary.
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Old 15 Dec 2019, 10:04 am
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Default Re: Tires/wheels noisy

As said above turning left would load the other front bearing so if turning to the left, it's most likely to be the right hand front bearing and I would start there.
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Old 15 Dec 2019, 02:44 pm
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Default Re: Tires/wheels noisy

Thank you, everybody. It does sound like it could be a wheel bearing.
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