2005 Civic road noise

Discussion in 'Civic' started by mike, Aug 26, 2007.

  1. mike

    mike Guest

    My 2005 Civic 4-door is has a high level of road noise on the highway
    and I am looking at putting in some noise dampening material.

    A lot of the roads I drive on are "seal coat" (gravel poured over a
    tar-like base and then worked in by the traffic). Also, I believe the
    OEM tires that came with the car add to the noise level.

    I am looking for suggestions on where to place those noise dampening
    sheets for maximum effect. Has anyone out there already done it on this
    generation of Civic?

    mike, Aug 26, 2007
  2. How many miles on those tires? They may be worn, and that could cause
    increased road noise. When I bought my 2004 Civic last fall, the dealer
    threw in new tires as the originals were worn at 39,000km (24,000 miles).

    I know what you mean about the seal coat surface. I have to drive on some
    of that myself. There is some noticeable road noise on such surfaces with
    my Civic, but it's not that bad. I just turn up the radio to drain it out.
    High Tech Misfit, Aug 26, 2007
  3. I should add that my Civic still had the original tires when I test drove
    it, and road noise was very noticeable even on the best surfaces. So again,
    my advice is to check your tires first.
    High Tech Misfit, Aug 26, 2007

  4. Just turn the radio up a bit...


    (Who hates living in a nation of wusses)
    Grumpy AuContraire, Aug 26, 2007
  5. mike

    Art Guest

    Crappy tires. Replace them. Anything else is a waste of money.
    Art, Aug 28, 2007
  6. mike

    Torpeau Guest

    Even the new Civics have a lot of road noise according to Consumer
    Reports. They say the same thing about the Accord and my 2003 Accord is
    so noisy on some types of pavement that the radio is drowned out -- one
    of my few complaints about the car.
    Torpeau, Aug 28, 2007
  7. mike

    Art Guest

    My wife's 2005 honda accord hybrid is incredibly quiet even on rough roads.
    It was made in Japan and probably has different tires than other accords.
    Art, Aug 29, 2007
  8. mike

    Torpeau Guest

    I replaced the original tires on my 2003 Accord because I didn't like
    their performance in the wet -- got Goodyear Tripletreads. While there
    were changes in road noise, it still can drown out the radio on certain
    Torpeau, Aug 29, 2007
  9. mike

    John Horner Guest

    I've seen one example (my sister-in-laws) improved noticeably by having
    the car undercoated. I wouldn't do that on a used car if you live in a
    road salt area or the pacific northwest, but if you are somewhere
    relatively clean and dry it might be worth a try.
    John Horner, Aug 31, 2007
  10. mike

    John Horner Guest

    Most Accords seem to come with Michelin MXV4s no matter if the assembly
    location is Japan or the US>
    John Horner, Aug 31, 2007
  11. mike

    Z_2K Guest

    That may seem funny, but it's a fact. I drive I-95 100 miles every day. AS
    my tires wear, I find the radio gets louder and louder, enough for me not to
    hear my cell phone when someone calls. When my wheel bearings went bad, I
    thought it was the worn tires (severely worn on the inside due to lowering
    springs, at that time), and I just cranked the radio even louder...
    Z_2K, Aug 31, 2007
  12. mike

    Z_2K Guest

    +1 on that...
    Z_2K, Aug 31, 2007
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