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Noise at Low Speeds

Discussion in '2.5 Gen Tundras (2014-2021)' started by Aeroneous, Aug 19, 2017.

  1. Aug 19, 2017 at 11:25 PM
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    So I just purchased my 2015 Tundra today, and luckily it's got about 2k miles left before the comprehensive portion of the factory warranty is up.

    At roughly around 25 MPH there seems to be what I would describe as some kind of a tire or road noise that sort of slowly pulsates repeatedly. It does seem to be somewhat proportional to speed, and the pulsating goes away (or perhaps just becomes more constant?) as you accelerate closer to 40 MPH or more.

    I'll probably take it to the dealer next week, but I was curious if any of you have heard similar noises with your trucks? In general, how would you describe the amount of road noise at highway speeds? I'm wondering if this might be a bearing or something.
     
  2. Aug 20, 2017 at 1:04 AM
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    Pretty sure that the ABS self testing.
     
  3. Aug 20, 2017 at 7:10 AM
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    Thanks for the response. I've read about that a bit in other posts, but usually people describe the noise a little differently. If that really is the case, it's a horrible design. It's pretty loud, and the constant "wom wom wom" could get pretty annoying.

    But you could very well be correct. I'll post whatever I find out at the dealer.
     
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  4. Aug 20, 2017 at 7:19 AM
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    Ohhhhhhhh, I know what sound that is.

    I would take it in asap as well. Sounds just like my front differential, drivers side needle bearing that supports the axle shaft going into the housing.

    Do you have a lift on this truck?
     
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  5. Aug 20, 2017 at 7:28 AM
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    Thanks for the info! No lift installed. I believe the truck is completely stock, but I haven't gone over everything with a fine tooth comb yet.

    I'll try to drop it off tomorrow if I can. Was yours fixed under warranty? I sold a nightmare F-150 before buying this so I'm just hoping it doesn't turn into another poor design/incompetent mechanic scenario.
     
  6. Aug 20, 2017 at 7:37 AM
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    It could be something else like a stuck caliper, wheel bearing hub assembly.

    However, this is the same sound that came from my 12'. Hopefully not with such low miles. Mine started after 60k miles and was very faint. Hard to detect.

    Toyota did do a bearing upgrade to help with this issue, so this leads me to believe it might be something else.

    You have a few options:

    -Toyota will replace complete front differential under warranty. (2400.00 out of warranty)
    -Toyota suggested I install the ECGS bushing, but wouldn't cover costs of part or labor, nor is it warrantied.
    -Buy the East Coast Gear Supply bushing and install tools and do it yourself for 200.00 and never worry about it again.

    If you own a Tundra, Tacoma, or a 4Runner, they all have the same design issue. When my 14 Tacoma has this problem, I will install the ECGS Bushing and be done with it.
     
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  7. Aug 20, 2017 at 7:46 AM
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    Great info. Thank you. We will see what they say I guess.

    I will do some more research about the ECGS bushing.
     
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    Your welcome. Keep in mind, the Tacoma guys have been getting 200k+ miles out of the bushing from ECGS.
     
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    Been through this all ready with my 2011 taco. Ecgs bushing fixed the issue. Switch into 4hi and see if the noise goes away, If it does then it's the needle bearing. Not a bad job lil time consuming but be patient. Took me about 2hrs start to finish with air tools and a post lift.
     
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  10. Aug 20, 2017 at 7:43 PM
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    Sorry I should have mentioned that it's a 2WD truck. Does the ECGS bushing fix still apply?
     
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    Nope
     
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    Wheel bearing then.
     
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    If the wheel bearings are good I have a thought.

    I would run your hand over the tires and look for any uneven wear. If the alignment was out of whack and the tires wore unevenly or they weren't rotated, it could (hopefully) just be road noise from the tires. If that's the case, a tire rotation should help.

    Don't worry, this won't be an other F-150 headache!
     
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  14. Aug 20, 2017 at 8:22 PM
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    Well good to know I can at least rule out the ECGS fix.

    I believe the tires are brand new. It looks like the dealer that sold me the truck slapped some new ones on there.

    Also an update... apparently I was WAY off on my speeds. The sound can be noticeable at 25 mph, but it peaks right at 50 MPH. Over 55 it pretty much disappears, but between 45-55 you can actually feel the vibration from it in the floor.
     
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    Do you have a thermal imaging gun?

    Those work well for detecting wheel bearing problems. They will be considerably hotter.
     
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    Sounds like that rules out uneven tire wear.
     
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    Lol yeah! Doesnt apply to 2wd
     
  18. Aug 21, 2017 at 7:05 AM
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    Good to know.

    Thanks everyone for the input - what an incredibly helpful forum. I'll come back and give an update as soon as I have a chance to get the truck to the dealer.
     
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    Heard back from the dealer rather quickly today. Turns out that the left rear shock was leaking, the right rear bearing was shot, and it needed a slight alignment.

    We will see how the noise is when I get it back tomorrow afternoon. Just glad that it seems like my local dealer is on the ball.
     
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