Why car tires often make noise after being rotated?

08/07/2019

Do noises from the wheels have to be always a wheel problem? Naijacarnews guarantees that it's a clear no. Check out possible causes of tire noise when driving to see why!

When you drive your car over wet roads or gravels, it will definitely make some sounds. However, some of these noises can also be heard even when you drive on smooth roads, especially after you rotate car tires. If that is the case, you might wonder what the cause of these noises is. They might decrease when the car is slowing down and increase when you're at high speed.

It's not a sound you should take for granted. If the sound is a whining noise from the engine, then you check the components beneath your bonnet. But once you're sure you can hear them from your tire area, you have been ready to fix the problem as quickly as possible.

The sounds differ according to where the fault is emanating from. For instance, you would likely hear a squeaking sound when the wheel alignment has gone bad. You will hear a grousing sound if mud or fluid has gathered in the wheel thread. Whatever the case, here are the major causes of tire noise after rotation. It should help you what exactly you should be fixing.

1. When your wheels are too tight

The first major cause of tire noise when driving is a wheel being too tight. Though it's somewhat advisable to always tighten the bolts and nuts of your four wheels, but when it's too tight, the wheel won't rotate freely. Take your mind back to the last time you probably changed your tires and recall how you tightened the nuts. Get your torque wrench and loosen it up a bit. Don't make it too loose, but also don't make extremely tight.

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This seems absurd but tightening the bolts and nuts do backfire

2. Poor wheel alignment

Poor wheel alignment can be another reason for the noise coming from your tires. This alignment is a result of your tires experiencing too much friction and getting worn out or torn. Parking your vehicle in one spot for the very long time can also lead to alignment issues. The edges of the tires get uneven and start to make the car unbalanced. When you drive forward or in reverse, drumming or purring sound emanates from the wheels and the air chamber therein. This makes your vehicle become bumpy and the unstable movement can result in some horrible noises.

The solution to this is to take your vehicle for some wheel balancing or change the tires if need be. Some drivers who can't afford to purchase new tires opt for realigning of the affected ones. This is risky because it can never be as good, effective, safe and efficient as new or fairly used ones.

>>> Know the basic rules of rotating the tyres: Tyre Rotating - When to take your tyres for rotation

3. Worn out or expired tires

A lot of car owners try as much as possible to manage their old tires till they become extremely bad or they get pulled over by the Federal Road Safety officials. These old, worn out or expired tires can cause strange noises when you drive your car on them. This is because of the thread and rubber used in making them start to wear out or tear after a period of time. You don't have to wait till they get flat or almost cause an accident before you change them. The deafening noise alone should be enough encouragement... or do I say discouragement?

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Uneven tires and lack of periodic tire rotation brings up shaking issues

4. When your wheel bearings go bad

Wheel bearings help ensure smooth rotation of your vehicle. Once they start going bad, it's only right that you have them changed. A little damage on them can actually cause the noises you hear from your type. This is perhaps why lots of car maintenance specialists always say that you do not even need to wait till the bearings go entirely bad. Immediately you start hearing that grinding or purring noise, have them replaced before they cause more harm and lead to accidents.

5. Damaged suspensions

Your car's suspensions make it easy for you to drive on the roughest and most rugged Nigerian roads. Once they go bad or get broken, you'll hear sounds from the wheel area. If these happen, replace the suspensions as quickly as you can. There's really no way you can manage a car without good suspensions. Not only will the noise deafen you, but the car itself will only encounter more wheel related problems and eventually become uncomfortable for you to drive.

>>> You might also like to read: Never ignore these unusual car noises!

6. Braking problems

Finally on the causes of tire noise after being rotated, is braking problems. Your brake system is connected to your wheels obviously to bring the car to a halt when you step on the pedal. Worn out brake discs or calipers can lead to noises from the wheel. Once you notice this, it's best to have the brake system checked instantly. Change the discs if they need to be and ensure the connection with the wheel is still intact.

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If your brakes have been worn-out, metal contact will cause screeching noise

Most of these repairs listed can't be done by you. Therefore, we advise that you visit a professional mechanic who can diagnose the cause of tire noise after rotation and repair or replace the faulty parts properly.

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