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Tire Noise (help!)

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I’ve had a set of Federal ST-1s on my Dekagrams for about 1000 miles (both wheels and tires installed at same time).

The front driver side tire developed a rotational “sticky” sort of noise that drove me nuts when my windows were down.

I rotated the tires, which temporarily solved the issue, but the noise seems to be coming back.

Any insight?
 


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Tread pattern and tire compound vary and so does the amount of noise
I understand that, but it would be constant if that were the case. This is a noise that develops over time on one corner of the car.
 


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Any one tire could be flawed.
I would complain to the place that you bought the tires and see what they say.
 


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Any one tire could be flawed.
I would complain to the place that you bought the tires and see what they say.
It’s developed on a second tire after the rotation. So it probably is alignment.
 


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I was at the TireRack facility in South Bend to have a tire replaced. I also had them test a noisy tire for runout. It had a high spot and was out of spec and was replaced.
 


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I was at the TireRack facility in South Bend to have a tire replaced. I also had them test a noisy tire for runout. It had a high spot and was out of spec and was replaced.
This will be my lesson to not buy from online retailers I guess.

Why can’t more manufacturers make 215/45r16 dammit!?
 


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It’s hit or miss at the store or online. Just have to ask if they have a machine to test for it
 


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never heard of a tire noise due to alignment but i could be wrong. but yeah some tires are noisy.
 


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So the same corner is making a noise even after an alignment and it’s a sticky noise. With your window down you can only hear the driver side front tire but they are all probably making the same noise. I bet the sound changes as you drive over different roads and goes away completely on some.
 


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So the same corner is making a noise even after an alignment and it’s a sticky noise. With your window down you can only hear the driver side front tire but they are all probably making the same noise. I bet the sound changes as you drive over different roads and goes away completely on some.
I haven't done an alignment yet, only a rotation. It disappeared after rotating the tires, and is now developing again. So it's got to be an uneven wear just on that one corner. I could hear the noise on the back right corner after the initial rotation (the one that was previously on the driver front).
 


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If the problem is on the back right corner then it can’t be an alignment issue because we have solid rear axles which are not adjustable?
 


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Also are these tires directional? Be careful about how you rotate them. I would double check to make sure they are all rotating the proper direction and to make sure that whoever mounted them mounted them properly
 


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Also are these tires directional? Be careful about how you rotate them. I would double check to make sure they are all rotating the proper direction and to make sure that whoever mounted them mounted them properly
Nope, I was actually surprised when I got them that they weren't directional.
 


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Why are we ruling out a wheel bearing issue? If it's the same corner making noise after tire rotation there aren't many other culprits.

I have a wheel bearing going out and I would describe the noise as a 'sticky' rotational noise that is different from the clicking of something stuck in my tire. Usually crap tires (alignment, bulge, etc) make a humming/buzzing/growling noise.
 


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Why are we ruling out a wheel bearing issue? If it's the same corner making noise after tire rotation there aren't many other culprits.

I have a wheel bearing going out and I would describe the noise as a 'sticky' rotational noise that is different from the clicking of something stuck in my tire. Usually crap tires (alignment, bulge, etc) make a humming/buzzing/growling noise.
That is my secondary thought. The fact that the sound went away for a few weeks after rotating made me thing it might not be a bearing or CV, however.
 


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