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Front End Noise 2016 Impala

I bought a 2017 Impala LT Fleet from Hertz with 49,000 miles. I bought four new Firestone tires and at 60 MPH there's a noise that makes a drone, humming noise. I can feel it in the gas pedal and steering wheel. Firestone checked the tires and no play on the tires. They think it's a bearing, transmission, front end alignment needs adjusted but the noise only makes it on the highway. Need help what it is because it's annoying driving on the highway.
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can you feel it when turning left or right? roll down the windows and turn off the radio. bearings are common on these cars.
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Yeah, sounds like a bearing to me - but that's not guaranteed - could be other things as well.
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Nothing no noise. When I accelerate on the highway it makes that noise
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When you say that you can "feel it" in the gas pedal and steering wheel, what exactly does that mean? What kind of "feel"?
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Before you bought the car, did you test drive it on the highway (with the old tires)? Did it make the noise/issue then?

Not discounting the bearing idea mentioned above, my first inclination is to start with the most recently changed item: tires.

1. They can have many manufacturing/design flaws which will not be apparent and/or can be readily denied by the retailer. Some tread designs are just naturally loud. It is also not unusual for some tires (remember, these are manufactured by the thousands) to be defective or poorly assembled.

2.There could be a cord separating in one or more tires. Radial tires also can have a phenomenon called "waddle" which, to a certain degree is considered normal. Excessive waddle is cause for tire replacement; tires can have excessive waddle straight from the factory.

3. A lot of tire brands, even big name ones, are sourcing tires (especially the more economical models) from third world countries like Vietnam and China (sorry, not intending to offend anyone, but these are not places known for good manufacturing quality control) which may be more prone to be faulty. I seem to recall your tire brand as being one which has done a lot of outsourcing to some of these countries. Check the sidewall of your tires for country of manufacture. Also, Google the brand and model for possible outstanding recalls or frequent customer complaints.

Did the tire shop offer to re-balance the tires? I'd start first with asking for a re-balance and rotate the tires front to rear to see if the issue changes.

Good luck and let us know what happens.
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I went to a Chevy Dealer in Wintersville, Ohio and they ripped me off. Technician replaced drivers side wheel bearing and the noise is still there. $420.00 down the drain. I really need help and that's why I'm on this forum. I dont trust the Chevy dealer and Firestone. Need advice
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Yep, most likely bearing issue. I've had them replaced twice since 2014.

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I went to a Chevy Dealer in Wintersville, Ohio and they ripped me off. Technician replaced drivers side wheel bearing and the noise is still there. $420.00 down the drain. I really need help and that's why I'm on this forum. I dont trust the Chevy dealer and Firestone. Need advice
Sorry, I just noticed that that you've already replaced the bearings.

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Update 2019!!!! It was both front bearings. It cost me but my impala is running fine. Sorry for long update. I had alot of personal issues. I hope this helps
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