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#1 of 16 2005 Highlander Front End Noise - tires or front hubs/bearings?
Oct 02, 2007 (5:13 am)
Our highlander had real loud front end noise, sounds like the thing is going airborne...noise level fluctuates with various speeds. The place that sold us our tires this year said it wasn't the tires - we were running on them for a few months, tread is still good and no uneven wear. They said it might be the front hubs/bearings. Anyone have experience with this issue?
#2 of 16 Highlander noise
Oct 05, 2007 (4:28 pm)
We have a Canadian 2004 model and seemed to have similar problem before. We thought it was the acoustical design issue. We talked to the salesman and he suggested we move the front cross rail on the roof luggage to behind. The noise problem went away. He said it was the impact of wind on the front cross rail which was right on top of the front seats.
#3 of 16 Re: 2005 Highlander Front End Noise - tires or front hubs/bearings? [wonder2]
Oct 13, 2007 (7:27 pm)
What tires do you have. The Michelin tires that we have are really loud.
#4 of 16 Re: 2005 Highlander Front End Noise - tires or front hubs/bearings? [sr20b13]
Oct 24, 2007 (6:19 am)
Thanks Simon178 & sr20b13. We took it to the dealer and they confirmed it was a front wheel hub & bearings. Luckily, we were still within our warranty period and it was fixed free of charge. Just wanted to let all know that this is also a very strong possibility for other Highlander owners to consider.
#5 of 16 noise/vibration
Nov 09, 2007 (9:24 am)
I used my wife's 2006 Toyota Highlander yesterday (I don't drive it much) and noticed a noise/vibration. The car has 14000 miles on it. Took it to the dealer and a service tech test drove it. He felt it was a wheel bearing because as he pulled the car to the left while driving, the noise stopped. When he pulled the car to the right, the noise level/ vibration didn't change. I have an appointment next week to get it fixed.
#6 of 16 Re: noise/vibration [mytoy4]
Nov 12, 2007 (9:39 am)
Continuation of 5/5 noise/vibration. Got call back from dealer (Jack Safro Toyota) Problem was wheel bearing on front left wheel. After replacement there was still a noise. Recommended tire rotation (they were rotated at 10,000 miles). If the rotation doesn't fix the noise, the service tech recommends a front end alignment.
#7 of 16 2001 Highlander
Dec 27, 2007 (4:08 am)
I have 2001 Highlander with 11500 miles, last month we took for Tire Rotate and Balance, since then when we drive there is a noise in the front, popping sound. We took back to Toyota dealer and they worked all day and state they can hear the noise when driving but can't find the resolution. Toyota dealer advised me bring again for service next week.
Any advise is much appreciated. Thank you. AJS
#9 of 16 Re: Front end noise mytoy4 [mytoy4]
Jan 09, 2008 (2:31 pm)
My 2005 Highlander had a front end noise at 14000 miles (see previous messages from mytoy4). After replacing the left front wheel bearing, there was still a noise. The dealer replaced all four wheel bearings and that solved the problem.