'94 Accord "buzzing" from the trunk


#1

I have a '94 Accord with 160k on it. Recently I have heard a “buzzing” or slight rattle in the rear of the car, almost the trunk. The noise occurs more at certain speeds, and disappears when I take a sharp turn to the left. It remains during right turns and when driving straight.



I first thought it was my bumper (the car has the typical Honda rust spot in the wheelwell/back panel, which has caused the bumper to come loose), but I secured that with trusty duct tape. Any ideas? Thanks.


#2

Any chance it could be your jack and lug wrench a little loose in it’s storage well?


#3

A loose or rusted exhaust pipe hanger perhaps?


#4

Both good ideas, but I checked the jack and spare, and just got the exhaust replaced 7 months ago.

My mechanic took a brief look at it (not on the lift) and he said it might be a bearing in the wheel.

The thing that puzzles me is that the noise disappears when turning left, like when the left side is unweighted.


#5

That would pretty well confirm that that it is likely to be a wheel bearing. If I were you, I would have this attended to before it seizes up at high speed. Believe me, it wouldn’t be pleasant if that happened.