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Alex0011
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Aug 2, 2015, 5:19 AM

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Hello everyone,

I have a 2005 lexus is 200, but I'm not sure if the model even matters for my question.

Anyway, I'm hearing a strange whistle from the front right wheel, and I'm sure the sound comes from it. I made a youtube video so you can get the idea.

The sound starts at around 50km/h speed and it does not change after that, meaning that it doesn't become harder if I speed up and if I slow down to 40 or 20 it does not go away. But if the car is cold, it does not start until I reach 50-60km/h speed.

Also, I tried turning the engine off on neutral while driving and it did not influence the noise in anyway. So its not related to motor.

In the video it starts from 11s and you can hear it clearly starting at 57s when I speed up. Because of other sounds you probably can not hear it as clear as I can, but just listen to the whole video and I think you will get a clear idea.

Here is the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kyv8CqRgaso

The thing is, I went to a decent repair garage and they could not say what it is. So assume that basic things like breaks or the like were checked by mechanics.

I'm planing to go to a lexus dealer soon, but I want to get an idea of what it is, it really does not look like anything.

Maybe its wheel bearing? How dangerous is it to drive till repair?

I want to add that there probably was a hard hit to the right wheel recently while driving in reverse, I say "probably" because the person did it does not want to admit it and I can only guess, so I dont have an idea how it went. But I found a deep slicing (not sure if its the right word) on the right wheel tire and it was so deep (and around 5cm in width) that I had to replace the tire. So assume that there could have been a hard hit and the wheel took damage. The noise started a couple of the days after I found it.

p.s. sorry for my bad English


Tom Greenleaf
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Aug 2, 2015, 6:03 AM

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Re: bizarre whistle noise from front right wheel Sign In

Video didn't help me personally to much. Sounded like road noise or even a window just slightly down?


So - Since FR wheel is area and now new it's the place to look - wheel off for anything out of place and general area for trim part of car as to me that's more of a wind speed sound?
If nothing found perhaps try putting that wheel on a rear or swap front. Idea is to see if noise follow ONE new tire with wheel or not. Some tires stink if not matched perfectly may need two not just one.


Hard to say. Think you may see or find it with that wheel off and bumping any parts gently that shouldn't move if anything is bent, clips missing, brake dust shield messed up someway - anything out of order there,


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Discretesignals
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Aug 2, 2015, 6:27 AM

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I can hear the noise your talking about. It is speed related. You need to pull the wheel and inspect the brakes cause to me it sounds like a brake warning tab or a rotor backing plate is touching.





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(This post was edited by Discretesignals on Aug 2, 2015, 6:29 AM)


Alex0011
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Aug 2, 2015, 6:32 AM

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I can hear the noise your talking about. It is speed related. You need to pull the wheel and inspect the brakes cause to me it sounds like a brake warning tab or a rotor backing plate is touching.


breaks are new, I've changed them 2 weeks ago (maybe they were wrongly placed, I don't know)

I've been to auto repair garage, they did check the breaks and tried to spin the wheel (or at least they say), and as I said, they could not tell what it is.

but thanks, I will try looking into it.






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