About 2 weeks ago, my 2004 Honda CR-V (176K miles, manual transmission) started making sort of a dry, whistling, whining sound. It’s not a grinding sound but more like wind whistling through something metal…? I think it’s coming from the right back wheel or wheel area. It doesn’t start until I’ve been driving maybe 6 or 7 minutes, and usually kicks in above 40 MPH although I’ve heard it when going slower, too. If I jiggle the steering wheel the sound stops and starts. It also stops when I go around curves or make turns. At first it was happening all the time, but over the weekend it seemed to be diminishing.
I did record the sound on my phone and uploaded the video to the following link: http://youtu.be/NcS2MSyCafU You can hear it stop at about 16 seconds and then start again at 20. Also, starting at 35 seconds I stop for a light and then restart at about 1:10. So you can see how it kicks in as I start going faster. No jokes about my shifting or driving or the dog panting in the background. I’m sure the vid will go viral.
I took it to a mechanic Monday but he only heard it for about 3-4 seconds. He put the car on the lift and inspected the wheels but didn’t see anything obvious so is chalking it up to old car syndrome. So, do I seek a second opinion? Is this something obvious for CRVs? I just want to make sure the bearings (or something like that) aren’t going on it.
Thanks for any help!