Rubbing/thunking noise while turning

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by Moitz, Oct 14, 2003.

  1. Moitz

    Moitz Guest

    My 91 Accord has developed this quiet but very annoying
    "whunk-whunk-whunk-whunk" noise, complete with rythmic vibration in
    the floor boards (not horrible, but noticable), and small steering
    wheel vibration when I am moving and turn the wheel, even slightly.
    I've had the tires balanced and rotated since this has started and
    that did not seem to cure it, but it didn't exacerbate it either. I
    also checked the CV boots last time I did an oil change, and they
    looked slightly dry, but were not split or loosing grease. The car
    has 131,000 on it, and had brakes done about 20,000 miles ago. I'm
    also starting to develop quite a bit of road noise when holding the
    wheel straight, a sort of whirring noise like you would get with
    studded tires at highway speeds. Could this be caused by wheel
    bearings needing to be repacked?


    Moitz, Oct 14, 2003
  2. Moitz

    Bob Guest

    Check your struts!
    Bob, Oct 14, 2003
  3. Moitz

    Paul Bielec Guest

    Why the struts?
    I'd go for the bearings.
    Are the noise function of the car speed only? I mean no change caused by the
    engine speed and it stays the same if you shift into neutral. Doesn't change
    if you apply the brakes slightly.
    Normally, changing the bearings is not a DIY job as you need a press to push
    the old one out and the new one in.
    You could stop by the local shop and ask their opinion. They should give you
    an estimate for free.
    Paul Bielec, Oct 14, 2003
  4. Moitz

    Vuarra Guest

    You *could* have a problem with broken tire belts.


    Quid quid latine dictum sit altum videtur.
    (That which is said in Latin sounds profound.)
    Vuarra, Oct 15, 2003
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    SLJ Guest

    Does the Whunking sound comes on particularly noticeble when you turn your
    steering wheel? If it does, it could very likely that the power steering
    pump is playing up.

    I'm about have mine reconditioned; there's no apperant problem on my, only
    that the rubber seals are getting old and needa be changed. If you goto a
    dealer, they'd ask you to replace the whole damn thing.
    SLJ, Oct 15, 2003
  6. How are the tires wearing - no cupping wear? The two noises may be
    unrelated - the whir/whine is fairly common an some all-season tires after
    they get >50% worn.

    For the rythmic vibration - no clicking on turning a slowish corner under
    load? C/V joints can go bad without any damage to the rubber boot. You
    also want to check the ball joints and the rubber suspension bushings.

    Rgds, George Macdonald

    "Just because they're paranoid doesn't mean you're not psychotic" - Who, me??
    George Macdonald, Oct 15, 2003
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