Strange noise at 43 to 46 MPH


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Strange noise at 43 to 46 MPH

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Strange noise coming from up front. A loud whirling noise that starts at 43 mph and stops at 46 mph. I don’t think it’s from the motor, as it doesn’t go away if I pull the clutch in. It’s not the front tire because I just replaced it and that noise is still there.
And don’t say, don’t drive between 43 and 46. :lol:


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Re: Strange noise at 43 to 46 MPH

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Did you check out the wheel bearings when you changed the tire?
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Re: Strange noise at 43 to 46 MPH

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I did check the bearings.
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Re: Strange noise at 43 to 46 MPH

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Perhaps speedo cable is failing. Disconnect it at the lower end to test.
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Re: Strange noise at 43 to 46 MPH

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dingdong wrote: Mon Jun 21, 2021 3:32 pm Perhaps speedo cable is failing. Disconnect it at the lower end to test.
Plus 1. I just about jumped out of my skin when mine decided to squeal. On the way to work, colder than usual morning, just as soon as I got up tp speed after getting on the interstate. I had just gone to a darkside tire and thought for sure the flaming devil was coming for a colonoscopy.

Sometimes the cable is just looking for some grease. I use hi-speed wheel bearing grease. Be careful running your fingers along it as they may be shards. If the inner cable has too many shards, then go ahead and change the whole thing out.
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Re: Strange noise at 43 to 46 MPH

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It was the speedo cable. I drove it with the cable disconnected and that sound was gone. I did nothing but connect it again and the sound was gone.
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Re: Strange noise at 43 to 46 MPH

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Good you found the problem. I would, at least, pull the cable out and lube it or the noise will probably return.
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Re: Strange noise at 43 to 46 MPH

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Will do. least 20 characters, Ok
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Re: Strange noise at 43 to 46 MPH

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The sound will be back. I'd suggest you unscrew it at the top, and spray some graphite lubricant down the cable. Wait for it to dry, then reattach, and you should be good to go.


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