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3-Series (E21, E30) Chat relating to the BMW 3-Series from 1975-1983 and 1984-1991 line. Specific models: BMW 315, BMW 316, BMW 318, BMW 318i, BMW 320/4, BMW 320i, BMW 320/6, BMW 323i, BMW 320i. E30 Family models include: BMW 325e, BMW 325i, BMW 325is, BMW 325ix.

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Old 01-19-2005, 09:30 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a humming noise coming from the right front of my car. The frequency of the hum depends on the speed. I can also "feel" the hum through my steering wheel. Is it the wheel bearing or could it be somehting else?
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Likely, you are right, but also check your brake rotors/pads. This is less likely but worth a look. If the hum is a constant at most any speed, it is the bearings.
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The hum is constant in its presence but not in it the frequency and volume of the sound. The faster I go, the louder the hum. Also, the hum's frequency also seems to be proportional to speed.

The brakes? What am I looking for in the brakes?

And if it is the bearings, how big of a job is this for DIY?
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if its more of a ground sound probably bearings hum check inside rotors one time heard humms which sounded like coming from front rotor but it was from back the e-brake was grinding on rotor.
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http://www.teamdfl.com/bmw/e30/rear_wheel_...ings/index.html

check out that for bearings
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if its more of a ground sound probably bearings hum check inside rotors one time heard humms which sounded like coming from front rotor but it was from back the e-brake was grinding on rotor.
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It sounds a lot like road/tire noise, but not coming from the tire.
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