2001 Accord - loud rear road noise over 40MPH

Discussion in 'Accord' started by waitneight, Jul 23, 2006.

  1. waitneight

    waitneight Guest


    I have a 2001 Accord EX (4-cyl). While driving there is rear
    undercarriage noise at all speeds. The sound is a low frequency
    vibration that varies with the current speed being traveled. The
    sounds appears to becoming equally from the rear left and rear right
    corner of the car. There is no connection to RPMs or engine activity.
    The faster the wheels spin, the louder is gets. At 40MPH the vibration

    hits a painful, headache inducing, frequency. The faster I go the
    higher the frequency. 40MPH is bad, so is 65MPH, but the sound is
    always noisy. Back seat passengers really notice it.

    A full tire rotation made no difference. Now what?

    waitneight, Jul 23, 2006
  2. Time to raise both rear wheels and rotate them by hand, paying attention to
    the feel and sound of each. I think you have a wheel bearing going out.

    Michael Pardee, Jul 23, 2006
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    waynewright Guest

    Thanks Mike. Will do. What might a repair like that run?
    waynewright, Jul 23, 2006
  4. I would expect in the $200 US range, but I'm not sure what type rear
    bearings the '01 Accord has. There is no need to replace both if one fails.

    Michael Pardee, Jul 23, 2006
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    waynewright Guest

    Ok. I dropped it off at PepBoys tonight for early bird Sunday service.
    We'll see what happens.

    waynewright, Jul 23, 2006
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    L Alpert Guest

    When was the last time you serviced the rear brakes?
    L Alpert, Jul 23, 2006
  7. PepBoys? I hope for your sake they don't screw up. Franchise-type
    companies like PepBoys and Midas are generally to be avoided. Find a good
    private mechanic who works on Japanese cars instead.
    High Tech Misfit, Jul 23, 2006
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    waynewright Guest

    Rear brakes got new pads about 6-8 months ago.
    waynewright, Jul 23, 2006

  9. Just to clarify... If the hub is supported by an inner and outer
    bearing (simple spindle suspension), I would replace the pair even if
    only one was going bad. Honda's do have inner and outers, yes?


    (Now wondering if that's the case on his '83 "baby")
    Grumpy AuContraire, Jul 23, 2006
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    waynewright Guest

    Not a big fan either, but they are just a 3 minute walk down the
    street, and being a single guy it is extremely convenient. Anyway, I
    am still is research mode so I have not authorized any repairs (yet).
    I just want to hear their diagnosis.
    waynewright, Jul 23, 2006
  11. Yes - the pair on that side would be replaced. I meant the left side would
    not have to be replaced if the right side is bad, the way shocks and
    bushings are done.

    Michael Pardee, Jul 23, 2006
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    L Alpert Guest

    Just checking.....good luck.
    L Alpert, Jul 25, 2006
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    Pauly Guest

    I replaced a rear wheel bearing assembly on one side last year. ~$150
    at a dealership. In my case the sound was coming clearly from the
    passenger side.
    Pauly, Jul 25, 2006
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    pthaker Guest

    okay...i have the same problem, noise that changes with speed. narrowed
    it down to the drivers side rear wheel bearing. now can i just change
    that one or do i have to do BOTH front adn rear drivers side, or BOTH
    rears? also, is this a DIY friendly changeout?
    pthaker, Jul 26, 2006
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    Seth Guest

    Only need to do it on the faulty wheel.
    Seth, Jul 26, 2006
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    waynewright Guest

    Thak - Did that resolve your vibration? I still have been unable to
    diagnose the source of mine.
    waynewright, Jul 30, 2006
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    Seth Guest

    Yup. 8 months and 20K+ miles later, still smooth.
    Seth, Jul 30, 2006
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    waynewright Guest

    Ok, so I got my diagnosis this morning. It is *definitely* the rear
    passenger side wheel hub and bearings that need replacement. Makes
    sense as that is what most of you predicted it would be.

    For my '01 four door (4 cylinder) Accord EX sedan, dealer says the part
    (single hub/bearing assembly) is $96 and for 1.5 hrs labor is $140
    bringing the total to around $240. I know I could shop this price down
    a bit but I'd rather just get this over and done with - unless I'm
    getting royally screwed.

    What do you think about $240 total? Is that fair, about right, or way
    too much? I'd appreciate some feedback before scheduling an
    waynewright, Jul 31, 2006
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    Seth Guest

    You may be able to get it done a little cheaper, but how much will it cost
    you in time and effort to save a few bucks. When I needed mine, it being
    something I didn't know anything about, I sought a mechanic to do it. The
    dealership wanted about $250. Independent foreign car mechanic 5 minutes
    drive from home said he would do it for $225. That's what I paid. If the
    dealer were more convenient I would have paid their higher cost, just for
    convenience. The mechanic who fixed it for me was a 5 minute drive and easy
    to get a neighbor to pick me up and drop me off.

    Having seen it now, I would probably venture the next one on my own.
    Seth, Jul 31, 2006
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    Elle Guest

    If this is a drum brake, then this price matches exactly the
    OEM one at www.hondaautomotiveparts.com, except with
    shipping the online price would be a bit more. Evidently
    disk brakes are used also on this model (or else I am
    missing something).

    So the dealer is being fair here.

    DIY-ers should recognize that, IIRC, the parts departments
    of dealerships will mark up prices above, say, the $96 for
    the wheel bearing assy. above.

    Always nice to have some real life price data for the
    archives here. That helps people.
    Sounds fair for a dealer.
    An independent shop might do the labor for less, but not by

    I think you're getting a fair shake here, plus the expertise
    of the dealership.
    Elle, Jul 31, 2006
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