Why Are Tires Loud Sometimes?
July 1st, 2015
Tire noise, the monotonous drone of rubber on pavement, can be the most annoying sound you ever heard. Some tires are relatively quiet and unobtrusive, some make a hypnotic hum, and others create a din so loud that makes it hard to even carry on a conversation inside the vehicle. Why are some tires so darn noisy? At Goodyear of Buckhead in Atlanta, GA, we get that question rather often.
Let’s analyze that, using a little bit of tire science and physics.
A big part of the noise level of tires is tied into “pattern noise.” The noise occurs because air is continually trapped and released in the grooves and voids of the tread itself as the tire rolls along the pavement. As a general rule, tires that have a lug or block tread pattern, as in light truck or mud-terrain tires, tend to have a noticeably higher noise l ...