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#29 of 45 Re: 2010 Toyota Wind Noise /Air Turbulence [jimcar22]
Feb 19, 2010 (3:32 pm)
I have a 2009 camry and have this problem too, but it has gotten worse in the last 6 months, so I asked a friend who has a 2008 camry, if she had the same problem - she said that she noticed it when she first bought the car - she said that after complaining so much to the service department, they fixed it. Today, I went to the dealership so they could install some parts b/c my car was recalled (accelorator) - I also told them that I had a wind noise on the drivers side window, they acted like they did'nt know what I was talking about, then wanted to charge me $90 to inspect it for a potential problem - I complained to the service manager - so they looked into it for free, then told me they found the problem, and I needed a window run seal which would cost $215. I asked him why I should pay for this when I felt it was a defect with the car - and he said the defect was unlikely, and that it could have been caused by ice or someone trying to get into my car. 1st of all, I keep my car in a garage, & I rarely drive in the snow - much less had ice get on it, & 2nd, I know no one has tried to break into my car, I have an alarm, & as I said earlier my car stays in the garage when I am home.
If you still have those contact #s, I would appreciate it.
#30 of 45 61.5 dBA 2007 Camry
Feb 24, 2010 (9:51 am)
I managed to get my camry to around 61.5 dBA (at 70 mph) with a fair amount of work. I am still not 100% happy with the results as the noise level is heavily dependent on the noise of nearby cars. I used quietcar and some peel and seal (cheap dynamat) from Home Depot. The coating was applied multiple times with a brush and I tried to get a thickness of 1.5mm. Here is what I did:
1) Quietcar in the trunk --- made very little difference to the noise level
2) Quietcar in the four doors. Made a significant difference. But I noticed that the plastic barrier and thin door panels still let too much noise thru.
3) I then put the Home Depot insulation to block off the big holes in the metal door. I also put some of this stuff directly on the door panels. This made a huge differnce to the noise and I now think there is no significant noise coming thru my door panels. The doors now close with a beautiful sound too.
4) Quietcar on the hood. When I had the hood liner removed I noticed huge increase in the wind noise and road noise that came thru the firewall. After I put Quietcar coating on the hood but did not put the hood liner back up the noise was much worse. So that got me thinking that the main noise input into the car is thru the firewall. I had no easy way to put Quietcar coating on either side of the firewall. So I lined the cowl with the peel and seal. This reduced the wind noise significantly.
On a quiet road (no other traffic) I got a noise of 63 dBA. I did not have the sound level meter before I started all this work so I can't tell you what the noise level was in my car before but I am using a professional sound level meter (not the one from Radio shack) and edmunds has measured the 2007 camry at 68 dBA. The 63 dBA was on original Bridgestone tires. I changed my tires to Michelin Pilot Exalto A/S and got a sound level improvement of 1.5 dB.
As I said the camry firewall is a bad design and I feel it is letting in most of the wind and road noise. Other people have suggest the windshild may also be at fault. In my testing (I generated white noise outside the car) I tried some experiments to figure out if the windshield was at fault I found more noise coming out of the ventilation system.
At some stage I would like to get to the firwall and get some Quietcar coating on both sides.
#31 of 45 new camry road noise
Nov 23, 2010 (12:56 am)
Just bought a 2011 Camry SE a few weeks ago. It is extremely noisy on the highway. My wife and I drove on some roads with new chip seal and the noise level was so high we couldn't even listen to the radio or talk comfortably. The next time we went out for a long ride, we took a dB meter with us that I have used for setting up stereo systems. On the smoothest roads, at 55 mph, AC fan on low and radio off, the SPL was 64-66 dBA. That is pretty nice. But, for many miles, on newer (rough) chip seal, at 70 mph, the level was near 80 dBA. We were on the noisy chip seal for sometimes an hour straight. It was just continuously unbearably loud and fatiguing. I can't believe Toyota would make a Camry like this. It seems it would be unacceptable to them to put their name on a car that is so horribly loud on the road. I complained at the dealer and was told their is no defect and that the car meets the design specs and that they would not do anything to fix/change it.
So, I've read that the tires can be changed to make it somewhat better. And, there are sound deadening materials that may be employed.
My wife and I bought the car to travel and are concerned about the effect of noise levels near 80 dBA for extended periods of time. I've seen info that indicates the gov't considers levels above 75 dBA for extended periods of time to be damaging to hearing. Seems that it will be necessary to spend maybe $1000 to make the car safe to drive for long distances.
Has anyone ever had any luck with Toyota to fix this?
#32 of 45 Re: new camry road noise [jpgrfan]
Nov 23, 2010 (8:22 am)
Check the tire pressure.
#33 of 45 Re: new camry road noise [oparr]
Nov 23, 2010 (9:56 am)
Hi, and thanks! I forgot. I read in some other thread about lowering the tire pressure to (I think) 30 psi. I will try that. Every little bit will help when the noise level is so high on the chip seal we have here. And, there is a lot of new paving, it seems.
#34 of 45 Re: new camry road noise [jpgrfan]
Dec 16, 2010 (2:35 am)
I let 2 psi out of the tires (down to 30 psi). No change, still extremely loud on the road.
#35 of 45 Re: new camry road noise [jpgrfan]
Dec 16, 2010 (8:53 am)
Tirerack.com's decision tree allows you to select tires for quietness. I have found summer only use tires tp be the quietest, BridgeStone Turanzas on top of the list.
It also helps greatly if you discharge a spray can of undercoating in/on each individual wheelwell liner.
#36 of 45 Re: new camry road noise [jpgrfan]
Dec 16, 2010 (4:53 pm)
Can only blame the tires. 64-66 dBA on smooth roads, you can hardly find a quieter car under $30K.
#37 of 45 Re: new camry road noise [wwest]
Dec 17, 2010 (8:18 am)
Our 2010 has Bridgestone Turanzas. Hopefully they are quieter, but I'd hate to hear the noisier tires. Have no experience with others since the car was new with the Turanzas, but the road noise is still horrendous and I still can't figure out Toyota's silence and apathy on this issue.. Great car but not worth the noise.
#38 of 45 Re: new camry road noise [ctl]
Dec 17, 2010 (8:22 am)
Certainly can't blame the tires. It's totally due to the poor design of the windshield and how the wind turbulence funnels past the front windows. Wish Toyota would listen and change that design for the future. Absolutely nothing changed for the 2011's. Love the car other than the noise. Cars under 20 thousand are even quieter if you test drive some.