MINI Whirring noise

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  1. pvmanjerry

    pvmanjerry New Member

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    Hi
    I am new to this forum and hopefully someone might have some advice.
    My daughters 2011 Mini first 90,000 km is making a strange hard to pinpoint noise that sounds like
    Whirr Whirr Whirr which is mainly noticeable on motorway doing 100 120kiph. as the car slows the noise slows.
    We checked wheel balance on all 4 wheels, have not checked wheel alignment. putting the car in neutral makes no difference, and there is no vibration.. Any ideas?
     
  2. 00Mini

    00Mini Well-Known Member

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    Welcome to Motoring Alliance. First thing that comes to mind is a bad wheel bearing or maybe a dragging caliper.
     
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    pvmanjerry New Member

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    I will check wheel bearing but I have had wheel bearings go in other cars and the noise was not like this. I will also check the tracking
     
  4. MCS02

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    Hi Welcome to MA!
    Also take a look at the front half shaft. If one of the boots is torn and lost all the grease it could make this noise.
    Does the sound change when you turn?
     
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    pvmanjerry New Member

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    Hi
    We have checked wheel alignment and wheel bearings as well as visually checking everything underneath.Also done all the usual checks, turning braking etc. All OK but the annoying whirr whirr is still there.
    It is very noticeable on motorway, we can determine where it is coming from ,it sounds like its coming from everywhere.
     
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    If you can try driving at a speed where you hear the sound and go around a long turn, both left and right. Does the sound change when this is done?
     
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    Does that check for anything more than front wheel bearings ??
     
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    I had a Saturn Vue that loved to eat front wheel bearings. One time I thought it sounded like wheel bearings were going to be needed so I bought them in advance of actually checking them out. They checked good but since I had them all ready they were put on and as luck would have it that corrected the problem. So it is possible to think a wheel bearing is good only to find out that may not be the case after all.
     
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    Road noise? Check tire age and condition.
     
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    @ScottinBend is right I don’t know why I didn’t think of that. I have had several tires get old and make road noise.
     
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    Wish the OP would have given us a follow up on what he found and if’n he was able to correct the problem.
     

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