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Old 04-25-2011, 04:21 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a 2009 Sonata GLS with about 45,000 miles on it. Lately when I am driving over 50mph it has been making a very annoying, high pitched humming noise. The noise seems to pulsate on and off. If I am going in a straight line, the noise is present, pulsing steadily. If I turn right, the noise speeds up and gets louder. If I turn left, the noise slows down or goes away completely. The noise is not super loud yet, but it is driving me crazy.

I took it into the dealership and they said it was a tire problem - one is worn more than the others (though not so much that it needs to be replaced yet)

From what I have been reading online, it sounds to me like it's a wheel bearing problem, and possibly the worn tire is a symptom of that problem. However I have also read that the average wheel bearing should last about 100,000 miles with proper maintenance. If it is a wheel bearing, it should be covered under warranty, shouldn't it?

What does everyone think the issue is?
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Old 04-25-2011, 04:39 PM   #2 (permalink)
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It's your tires.
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Old 04-25-2011, 05:10 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Old 04-25-2011, 06:14 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Rotate the tires, that is the only variable you can readily change..

Did the noise move someplace else (tires), -- OR -- is it still there in same place ? (bearing)
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Old 04-26-2011, 10:50 AM   #5 (permalink)
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They rotated the tires during the 45,000 service (yesterday) and the noise seemed to be the same. We called them again and asked about it and they admitted that the left bearing was making a little bit of noise, but that it was not a safety concern and didn't need to be replaced yet. I guess that's OK with me - considering they told me it was covered until 100,000 miles. I think I will wait until my tires need to be replaced and then press the issue further at that point. Still, it's a little concerning that it's going out so early - the car has had pretty light use - almost exclusively highway driving. But it doesn't grate on my nerves quite so much knowing exactly what it is. Thanks everyone for the advice!
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Old 04-26-2011, 03:45 PM   #6 (permalink)
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If the dealer admits that a wheel bearing is bad I would be pushing them to replace it now. I doubt that it would be covered under the 100,000 mile warranty as that is for powertrain only isn't it? I have not heard of anyone that's had wheel bearing problems on the NF Sonata. My 2006 Sonata has 132,000 kms (~82,000 miles) on it with no wheel bearings replaced and there's lots of other members on this forum with more mileage than mine so it doesn't seem like a common issue.
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Old 04-29-2011, 07:38 AM   #7 (permalink)
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At 45000, if you are still on the original tires, replace them all. This sounds like a tire problem to me. If you still have the vibration after the tires are replaced, make them fix the wheel bearing, NOW. After 60K, you are not covered for this issue, and it could be potentially dangerous.
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Old 04-29-2011, 09:06 AM   #8 (permalink)
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I had a front wheel bearing replaced on my 2007 Accent under warranty at about 94000 miles. Service managed said front wheel bearings are part of the drivetrain therefore covered, rear bearing untill 60,000 miles. The wheel alignment that was needed after installing a new wheel bearing was not covered, but I was over due on that anyway.
If you are still having a problem after putting new tires on, I would have it fixed at that time.
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Yes wheel bearings [hub bearing] are cover under 10 year 1000,000 warranty,first owner . my 2007 has 42k on it and bearings are becoming noisy ben to dealer once all ready they said it was brake noise brake are now new and will be going back for bearing same noise . Noise comes in at 45 to 65 mph if I turn wheel to the right at speed noise changes to left gets louder . but playing radio covers noise . LOL Some Dealers are a pain.
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Yes wheel bearings [hub bearing] are cover under 10 year 1000,000 warranty,first owner . my 2007 has 42k on it and bearings are becoming noisy ben to dealer once all ready they said it was brake noise brake are now new and will be going back for bearing same noise . Noise comes in at 45 to 65 mph if I turn wheel to the right at speed noise changes to left gets louder . but playing radio covers noise . LOL Some Dealers are a pain.
My experience with wheel bearing noise is that it is consistent regardless of direction of wheels. It is a throbbing type sound that increases with the speed of the vehicle. Noises that come/go/change when wheel direction change are typically related to suspension or transaxle.
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