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PostPosted: Wed Mar 07, 2018 11:04 am 
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Hi,

I own a 2004 1.6 Ford Focus Zetec. 



Recently I have noticed a noise I’d not heard before. It seems like it’s coming from the back of the car and from inside the car, while driving, the noise sounds like when a motorbike is driving near you or a distant propellor plane. It starts getting quite prominent at around 25mph and gets louder the faster you go. I have noticed it has more to do with speed than engine revs, as when I take my foot off the gas I can still hear it and it gets quieter as the car slows down. 
The only thing changed recently in the car is a newly installed rear tyre.
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Probably a wheel bearing it makes an annoying noise at certain speeds. Not terminal if you can find a cheap mechanic to do it see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K1kCS2b8oR4

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Hole in the exhaust is my suggestion.

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As DWD says, could be a wheel bearing. Might be a noisy tyre as well. Some are noisier than others. Try putting the spare on if you have one. See if it the noise goes.


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If the noise is unrelated to engine revs then it must be something in the drive train. Wheel bearings can make some odd noises, could be a worn bushing, could be that the new tyre you got is not balanced properly.

Jack up the rear of the car and spin the tyres manually, you can normally feel/hear dodgy bearings doing this.


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First thing to check would be tightness of wheel nuts.

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The sound changes with speed = classic wheel bearing (a humming sound) - A garage will be able to tell in minutes of putting it in the air, if the bearings haven't been changed before there way over due - if the bearings are good look at the tires age, type, wear and/or get them balanced

If your are getting the job done get them to fit decent bearings not cheap crap otherwise a year - 18 months you will be doing them/it again, never had a issue with a SKF bearing


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I'd go with tyre. My Mazda 3 has drone like sounds from the rear. All bearings are good and even different tyres have the same noise just different volume levels. Only notice it above 30 mph

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