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post #1 of 12 Old 03-26-2012, 07:21 PM Thread Starter
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Whining noise coming from front end

Hi everyone! First time poster here, looking for some insight.

I have a 09 Versa Hatch 6-speed manual with around 60k miles on it. I've had the car for about a year now, with no real problems to speak of, except this.

There's a high pitched whine or whistle type sound coming from the front end, possibly from the left side. I think it's always been there, but it seems to be getting louder. It's definitely dependent on speed, with the pitch increasing as the car goes faster, and being most noticeable around 40 to 50 mph. It doesn't matter what gear I'm in or whether the engine is even on at all. What's strange about it though is that even though the sound doesn't come from the engine, it does go away partly when the V is in a gear and I am pressing the gas pedal or even going up a slight incline and trying to maintain speed, and it seems to get much louder when coasting in gear or in neutral.

I was thinking that it might be a bad wheel bearing, but in past cars I've had, that kind of problem seemed to cause more of a deep rumble, than a whine. I also don't think it's a brake rubbing, since I had rotors replaced a few months ago, and I didn't notice any difference before and after. What else could it be? Could a worn wheel bearing be affected by whether or not the wheels are under engine load or not? Are there other parts of the powertrain that can cause this?
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Is it louder when coasting in gear or in neutral or is it louder when you're moving slower? Could maybe be brake pad warning?

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This may sound stupid, but there is a bad whine from the aerodynamics of the side mirrors
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The sound is the same when coasting in gear or in neutral. It only seems to get a bit quieter when accelerating.

It doesn't sound like an aerodynamic thing to me, it is definitely coming from somewhere in the engine bay or power train.
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I just noticed yesterday that my '09 V has a whistle too at around 40 m.p.h. I recently cut out the foglight finisher circle in anticipation of installing new aftermarket foglights, so I just assumed that's what's whistling on the driver's side. I also temporarily have the lowest plastic panel below the engine front removed. My whistle didn't seem to come from either of the sideview mirrors. It's on my list to investigate the cause.
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Hi everyone! First time poster here, looking for some insight.

I have a 09 Versa Hatch 6-speed manual with around 60k miles on it. I've had the car for about a year now, with no real problems to speak of, except this.

There's a high pitched whine or whistle type sound coming from the front end, possibly from the left side. I think it's always been there, but it seems to be getting louder. It's definitely dependent on speed, with the pitch increasing as the car goes faster, and being most noticeable around 40 to 50 mph. It doesn't matter what gear I'm in or whether the engine is even on at all. What's strange about it though is that even though the sound doesn't come from the engine, it does go away partly when the V is in a gear and I am pressing the gas pedal or even going up a slight incline and trying to maintain speed, and it seems to get much louder when coasting in gear or in neutral.
I'm not a mechanic, but this tells me it's a wheel bearing. When accelerating, weight shifts to the back, off the front wheel bearings, reducing the noise. Same going uphill. Will also be louder on one side when shifting weight left or right. My right front is whining and maybe grinding a bit now. Did the other front side last fall. I'm not aware of any other component having same symptoms. When CV joint went on my rabbit, there were no obvious noises of impending doom lol just dead rabbithope it helps

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So I finally took the V to a shop and drove around with the mechanic for a few minutes. He seems to think that it's just the sound of the various parts of the differential, or drive shaft, or other moving parts linking the engine to the wheels, and there's nothing wrong with it. He said that it's definitely not a bearing.

I guess I won't do anything for the time being, unless it gets louder or more characteristic over time.
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There is a device that can check the wheels/axles/etc if theyre making noises like whines and such. Scotty Kilmer has a youtube video using said device.
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This may sound stupid, but there is a bad whine from the aerodynamics of the side mirrors
I am totaly getting this problem right now, plus a very annoying wheel ticking problem with my brakes even tho they're brand new...shit happens.

The annoying sound comming from a bad aerodynamic just apeared and it sounds like when you run in a gym with rubber shoes and you brake fast and it does a quirky sound, but like if you'd do that 5 times a seccond all the time.

Quirk-tick-quirk-tick-quirk-tick-quirk-tick-quirk-tick is my life man.

It's a versa!
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Left ear: Quirk quirk quirk quirk.

Right ear: Tick tick tick tick.

What I think about: The salesperson showing me how loud and nice the radio was when i bought the car
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