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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-08-02, 08:42 PM Thread Starter
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Noisy AU11 XR6

Hi guys, my first post to this forum and I need your help.

Since new, my AU11 XR6 has had a thumping noise. It sounds like something turning out of balance. In the cabin it is heard more predominately on the right hand side, starts about 60k and doesn't go away. At times it is quite invasive on cabin comfort.

While my dealer reckons he cannot hear it (gee that makes me feel good) they suggest that it is tyre noise. Would Dunlop make tyres this noisy, would Ford allow them to be put on their cars? Crikey I hope not, but I have never driven a car with directional tyres and with a tread pattern as bold as these have, so I have no experience to argue with.

The tyres have recently been swapped front to back, and a wheel alignment and balance done. Made no difference to the noise.

Does anyone else with an AU11 XR have this problem? Any suggestions contrary to the tyre noise theory would be most welcome.

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-09-02, 12:55 AM
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had a similar problem with my au xr6 1 vct, found out to be a bent axle and f*&ked hub and bearing, big dollars get it checked out by a expert not ford.
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sounds bad. the only way i think it would be a tyre issue would be if one was very badly flatspotted. however, if after ortating the wheels and tyres and the noise is still there, it sounds mechanical.

also, dont be so sure about ford not allowing a car to be sold with noisy tyres. had a mondeo that was unbelievable at anything above 80kay, or 60 with people in the back. new tyres gave no noise at all. it was that bas that myself and a mate independently thought the rear wheel bearings were f*#ked.

big difference here thoough is that wheels gave a lot of press to th noisy tyres on the mondeo...nobody else has mentioned the problem you seem to be having.

good luck mate.

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hmmm hope ur next thread is a more positive one mate... WELCOME TO THE MADNESS anyway :)

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XW, rs and longjohn, thanks for the comments and advice.

Maybe I have got one that is a bit sick, the diff has already been replaced and I've got an appointment with the BTR rep about some gear box noises.

Think I will get that second opinion sooner rather than later, 'cause I'm not convinced that it is the tyres. Know any good people in the southern suburbs of Sydney?
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