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Old 01-14-2014, 01:42 PM   #1
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Road noise terrible after tire rotation

Sorry for the newbie question, but I have a 2013 JKUR, and after my third tire rotation, the road noise is extremely loud especially over 40 mph. I had the tires rotated by Discount Tire according to the manual's recommendation at 5,000 mile intervals (included the spare in the rotation), and I verified that DT rotated according to the manual by marking the tires beforehand. I've kept the tire pressure at the 37 psi as listed on the Jeep's door. For the first 15,000 miles, the road noise was not bothersome to me, or to anyone who rode with me, at all. After this rotation, the noise is very loud to me and my passengers. At first, I thought that I didn't get one of the doors closed fully or that a window was rolled down.

I googled the issue, and apparently it's a common occurrence for vehicles where the rotation schedule hasn't been followed, and it has uneven wear. Since I've been careful, I'd be surprised if my tread wear is out of wack.

I'm hoping that the noise reduces over time. Should I have DT check their work? Maybe get the wheels balanced?

Thanks for any help.

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Sometimes after a rotation the tires are louder and will quiet down slightly. But if they are feathered, warped or the like, then there's nothing you can do about it.

The radio volume is the best solution to this problem.

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Are you sure it's your tires and not something else that has happened? Try rotating them again to see if the problem persists...also try to see what area (front,back, D side, Pside) the noise is coming from and see i f it moves with rotation or stays in same place...if it moves it's the tires, if it stays in the same araea after rotating it's something else.
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Old 01-14-2014, 02:01 PM   #4
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Sorry for the newbie question, but I have a 2013 JKUR, and after my third tire rotation, the road noise is extremely loud especially over 40 mph. I had the tires rotated by Discount Tire according to the manual's recommendation at 5,000 mile intervals (included the spare in the rotation), and I verified that DT rotated according to the manual by marking the tires beforehand. I've kept the tire pressure at the 37 psi as listed on the Jeep's door. For the first 15,000 miles, the road noise was not bothersome to me, or to anyone who rode with me, at all. After this rotation, the noise is very loud to me and my passengers. At first, I thought that I didn't get one of the doors closed fully or that a window was rolled down. I googled the issue, and apparently it's a common occurrence for vehicles where the rotation schedule hasn't been followed, and it has uneven wear. Since I've been careful, I'd be surprised if my tread wear is out of wack. I'm hoping that the noise reduces over time. Should I have DT check their work? Maybe get the wheels balanced? Thanks for any help.
why don't we start with what kind of tires your running?
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Old 01-14-2014, 02:06 PM   #5
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The noise seems to come from all around, and I noticed as soon as I left DT. I didn't have time to go back that day. I may do as you suggest and have them rotated again.

Unfortunately, I have to play the radio at ear splitting levels (I'm exagerating, but still way too loud) to drown out the road noise.

Thanks for the info!
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Old 01-14-2014, 02:27 PM   #6
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My 2010 did the same thing not sure how long ago you had it done but mine last about 5 days and I can't hear it anymore. or i have just become use to it.
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Normal for MT's.
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Old 01-14-2014, 02:55 PM   #8
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why don't we start with what kind of tires your running?
Sorry, I should have mentioned, they're the BF Goodrich Mud Terrain T/A (original tire from the factory). The first two rotations didn't increase the road noise, and prior to this service, the road noise was much less.
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Typical for mud tires.
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The MT's get super loud once they start to wear in...

Frankly 20,000 quiet miles is pretty damn good for those things. Consider yourself lucky and go order some bigger tires and wheels!
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The stock Goodrich MTs suck. They are twitchy, crappy in rain and packed snow and increasingly noisy as they wear. I immediately replaced mine with Goodyear Silent Armors. Huge difference in handling and noise. Others have gone to Duratracs. But as other people have noted, tires with big lugs like MTs are going to be noisy.
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Old 01-14-2014, 03:41 PM   #12
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I bought a set of brand new Rubi wheels with BF Goodrich MT take offs for my 13 JKU Sahara with 2,000 miles. Noticed little noise difference at first. Took them off for the winter, put about 9,000 miles on them. The original Bridge Stones are so much quieter. Didn't realize how loud the M/T tires had become until swap. Still looking forward to putting them back on in the late spring. I figure driving the Jeep naked should drown out road noise...
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My original BFGs on my 13 did the same thing after every rotation then would quiet down after a few hundred miles.
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I just did my first rotation at 4500 miles. I definitely noticed a bit more noise. It's only been 70 miles since so hoping they quiet back down some.
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The noise will go away completely after about 100 miles. I started rotating every 5,000 miles and the noise isn't as noticable.
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Mine do that too. Quiets down later. Can't believe I'm going to get 60k miles out of a set of 4 tires.
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Mine do that too. Quiets down later. Can't believe I'm going to get 60k miles out of a set of 4 tires.
Don't tell me that! I can't get bigger shoes until my stockers where out! Noooooo!
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Don't rotate...that will wear them out
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The original BFG MT KM1s on my JK were exactly the same way. Very loud after each rotation. I eventually replaced them with GY DutaTracs. Much better and more enjoyable driving on the road.
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Thanks for all of the info. They have quieted back down. Looking forward to getting Duratracs or Silent Armor. Thanks for the suggestions.
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Thanks for all of the info. They have quieted back down. Looking forward to getting Duratracs or Silent Armor. Thanks for the suggestions.
My duratracs also do this so just a heads up. And I'm rotating all 5 at ~5,000
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From personal experience , if you value a quieter ride go for GY Silent Armors, not Duratech's
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Old 01-31-2014, 12:53 PM   #23
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This is normal, because each tire takes a set wear pattern per the position that it is in. When you rotate them, then your tires have to start all over again with their new wear pattern.
Just give it time, and it will quiet down!
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This is normal, because each tire takes a set wear pattern per the position that it is in. When you rotate them, then your tires have to start all over again with their new wear pattern. Just give it time, and it will quiet down!
Well stated. Don't expect any of the Interco Super Swampers (or the like) to follow that rule though. Lol
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Tires on a (normally) braking only axle(the front on a jeep wrangler) flex upon braking and take on a slight saw toothed wear pattern. The tread blocks become lower in front of the tread block and higher in the rear of the tread block. When you cross the fronts to the rear the higher portion of the tread block hits the road first and results in greater noise. It will quiet down when the high portions wear off to a more smoother profile. Dual purpose motorcycle front tires are a good example of this, look at a used one some time for a great example of what goes on.

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