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3 Weird Tire Noises and What They Mean

Updated on December 25, 2017

Pay attention to the tires and whether or not they make any weird sounds. Weird sounds may indicate that there’s something wrong with the vehicle. This article will look at 3 weird tire noises and what they mean.

Squealing Sounds

If the tires are making an odd squealing noise, take the car into an auto shop immediately. A squealing sound normally means that the tires are under-inflated or are improperly aligned. In the latter case, one tire is getting dragged across the road. Those who have just purchased a new car should drive the car back onto the lot to get the noise investigated.

The best way to determine the cause of the problem is to check the tire pressure and make sure that the tires are properly inflated or have the tires rotated and aligned. If the noises stop, then that means that the problem was due to one of those issues.

Humming Sounds

Humming sounds are also an indication that there’s an underlying problem. When car owners hear this sound, they can assume that there’s either something wrong with the wheel bearings or there’s uneven wear on one side. Humming sounds may also appear if the tires are too worn down. In general, tires should be replaced when the tread depth reaches 2/32 inch.

To solve this issue, have the wheel bearings inspected by a trained technician. If the wheel bearings are in good shape, consider getting the tires rotated to see if the humming sound stops. In most cases, if the tires need to be rotated, many technicians will recommend getting new tires. This shows that one or more of the tires are more worn down than the others.

“Womp womp” noises

Another weird noise that tires make at times is a “womp womp” noise. Whenever this sound appears, it usually means that the tires are not properly aligned or that there are worn suspension parts. Once again, the tires will need to be properly inspected in order to determine what the underlying cause of the problem may be.

Get an inspection to determine whether any of the parts are faulty and need to be replaced. Car owners can also try inflating or deflating the tires themselves if the tire pressure isn’t right.

Weird tire noises should not be ignored. They’re a good indication that there’s something wrong with the vehicle. When driving a new car off of the lot, keep an ear out for weird noises. If there’s anything that seems unusual, take the vehicle back to the dealership to get it inspected. Those who wait will only allow the problem to worsen.


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