I had a wobbling sensation while braking, and they replaced my front brakes and said the rotors were warped and replaced those, too. Wobbling went away.

Then I had my tires rotated for 50,000 mile maintenance, and a new slight wobbling sound appeared, which doesn't seem related to the brakes this time. I looked at the wheels and noticed screws in two of them, so I had those removed, but it didn't fix the sound. I then had the wheels balanced, but that didn't fix it either.

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2016 Toyota Corolla LE.

  • 2 front tires are originals, from 49th week of 2015 = 2015-12
  • 2 rear tires were made in 24th week of 2017 = 2017-06
  • How many miles on the tires? Which are front and which are back tires? Oct 3 '18 at 2:11
  • @Pᴀᴜʟsᴛᴇʀ2 Well the front are original, so 50k. The rear are half as old, so probably 25k.
    – endolith
    Oct 3 '18 at 13:39
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    The reason I asked was, when you bring the rear tires up to the front (during a rotation) with a little different wear pattern than you are used to, it will cause there to be a bit of a vibration and possibly noise. Older tires will tend to make more noise than newer tires, due to there being less rubber, which will insulate the vehicle (to an extent). The shorter the tread gets, the noisier it will be. Some tires are more susceptible to this than others. Oct 3 '18 at 18:14
  • @Pᴀᴜʟsᴛᴇʀ2 If I'm hearing something repetitive, then the wear is asymmetrical, though, right?
    – endolith
    Oct 3 '18 at 19:26
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    Favorited because I think I have the same problem. 4 new tires installed 2 years ago, they now have 28k miles on them with about 8/32" left. I rarely rotate but I think I've noticed more noise after rotating them several months ago and it hasn't gone away.
    – Dan A.
    Oct 8 '18 at 15:42

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