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The car is well maintained but the problem comes from the front end. There is a distinct humming noise coming from the front end and it varies according to the road surface we're traveling on. All our traveling is on highways. I've had new front end wheel bearings installed and also new tires put on and yet the noise persists. I don't know what to try next. Could it be a transmission problem? The car shifts fine and there is no evidence of leaking. I'm frustrated because mechanics seem to follow the process of elimination approach. Any ideas?
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Terance,

This sounds like road noise from the tires. If you are running an all terrain type of tread, as opposed to street tread, this is not uncommon.  Issues other than the tires, could be a differential noise, or transmission noise.  You may have the fluids changed in the transmission and differentials, to see it this helps.
I still think that it is a tire issue, as the sound changes with the road surface.

Carl

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Will discuss suspensions, lifts, lockers along with tire suggestions. Trail ratings and possible requirements needed for specific type of trails. Safety equipment and what you should carry with you. Certified off-road instructor. I am not a mechanic, and 4-Wheeling is a hobby, so if I can't answer a technical question it is due to my mechanical knowledge being related to vehicles that I have owned, or have worked on. I do not have manuals on all vehicles, and I suggest that you obtain a repair manual for mechanical problems and do some research before asking your question. Most mechanical questions can't be answered completely without looking at, or listening to the vehicle in person.

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40 plus years of 4 wheeling in a variety of vehicles. At the present time, my major off-road rig is a 94 Jeep Wrangler with a spring over and a 1 1/2" suspension lift. This gives me a total lift of 7" or so. I have lockers front and rear. I have removed the track bars, and sway bar for maximum articulation. I am running a stock 2.5 ltr 4 cylinder with a Jacobs ignition along with a cold air high flow filter. It has 4.56:1 gears with a Dodge NV4500 transmission along with a 3.8:1 Atlas II transfer case. This gives me a final ratio of 105:1 in low gear/low range. Other vehicles I own, are a 96 Ford F-250 with a 6" lift, posi rear end, 36" Hummer tires, 5 speed with a fuel injected 460 ci engine, an 87 Samurai with an 8" lift, Ford 9" rear end with a spool, Chevy Dana 44 front end with an electric locker, 5.88 gears, 16% reduction in high range and a 6.5:1 low range with 35" Baja Claws, and a stock 2003 Grand Cherokee Overland. Trails I have run are the Rubicon (10 times), Dusey Ershim, Fordyce Creek trail, McGrew trail, several trails in Moab, Utah along with local monthly runs.

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Lost Coast 4x4's Cal 4-Wheel Corva UFWDA Blue Ribbon Coalition

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Certified off-road instructor - Certificates in engineering/electronics

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