1998 SL2 - Snow tire noise with summer tires

Discussion in 'Saturn S-series' started by somebody, May 22, 2011.

  1. somebody

    somebody Guest

    We have a 1998 SL2 with 105,000 miles. We put snow tires on it last
    fall for our kid's year at college. Now it's back and has summer
    tires on it.

    But now it sounds like there are coarse tread tires, it rumbles, with
    pitch going up as speed goes up. Any ideas? It is loud enough to
    need earplugs at highway speeds.

    somebody, May 22, 2011
  2. somebody

    Oppie Guest

    Have you had the alignment checked on all four wheels? Other possibility is
    that it's a wheel bearing or CV joint that's going. Same noise when in
    neutral and coasting? Any different on a right or left turn?

    Who changed the winter to summer tires? Loose lugnuts?
    Oppie, May 22, 2011
  3. somebody

    somebody Guest

    It quiets down on left turns and is louder on right turns.

    Neutral/coasting doesn't make a difference.

    I will check the CV joint boots...
    somebody, May 22, 2011
  4. It sounds like a left-hand wheel bearing. Check to see if it pulls to
    the left on a level road, with properly-inflated tires.
    Orval Fairbairn, May 23, 2011
  5. somebody

    Private Guest

    Conventional wisdom suggests left wheel bearing if noise increases during
    right turns, but YMMV. I recently had a bad wheel bearing where noise
    increased when turning towards the bad side. After removing the wheel and
    brakes there was no noise or looseness/play. Diagnosis was made by
    elimination after replacing the other side first and confirmed only after
    replacing the second side. Search Google groups for my complete repair
    report posting.

    Good luck, YMMV
    Private, May 23, 2011
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