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2006 Ford Fusion/Mercury Milan: Tires/Wheels-Road Noise

tmelichertmelicher Posts: 4
edited March 2014 in Ford
I have a 2006 Milan and I am having a problem with this horrible road noise comming from the right tire or somewhere in that area. I brought it into the dealership and they told me it was the Characteristics of those tires. I am wondering what you people think and if anyone else has had this problem. And one more thing i was woundering what type of tires are on your cars so i can get back to the dealership. I have michelin tires on mine Hopefully i can get this solved and thanks for the help to all.


  • this sound only happens in speeds between 30 and 45 mph
  • Hi there! I had a very similar problem with my brand new car. I took it back to the dealership three times and on the last was told the loud whining noise I heard from 30 miles an hour was a characteristic of the Milan. my reply was, you can tell me Mercury made a mistake when they made my car, but don't even try telling me that a loud whine that sounds like a woman screaming is a characteristic of a brand new car. I then went to the service desk and asked them to look for hot fixes on the computer. I recieved a call from Joe @ the service desk at Holman Ford Lincoln Mercury, saying that a very obscure little dealership in some way out place had found a fix for the problem. They asked me to come back in, and they tied down the drive shaft, with parts sent by Ford. I have had not one peep out of the car since then and it is now a pleasure to drive. DO NOT TAKE NO for an answer. Have your dealership call Joe Brodey @ the service desk at Holman Lincoln Mercury in Maple Shade, NJ. Though they still insist it was a characteristic noise, why would they fix it if it was? There is no such thing as a characteristic noise in a new car. And let me tell you, I came within an inch of selling the car back to them and telling them I was going to start a website for dissatisfied Milan owners. Good Luck and don't take no for an answer!
  • I just purched a 06 milan v6 with michelin 225/50r17 tires...It rides hard but holds the road good I checked the air pressure and it was 38psi...what should they be set at :confuse:
  • Have you had any noise comming from you car at all?
  • badgerfanbadgerfan Posts: 1,565
    There should be a sticker either in the glove compartment or on on of the door frames that lists the cold tire pressure that the manufacturer recommends. I don't own a Fusion or Milan, but these are the standard places that manufacturer tire pressure is posted on Ford/Mercury vehicles.
  • no thank god.... it has 600 miles on it now and runs quit and smooth..It came off the assembly line early june.
  • there is a sticker on the divers side beam when you open the door that tells you what the tires should be filled at
  • mschmalmschmal Posts: 1,757
    You need to contact your dealer and make sure they did a PDI on your car before you took delivery.

    Tire presures are set High for shipment so flat spots don't happen in transit. (extreme cold drops tire presure)

    Always check your tire presure when the tires are COLD.

  • When in doubt use 32. 38 is far too hard and you risk damage to tires and suspension as well as the stiff ride.
  • dlangdlang Posts: 59
    While I agree about 32 because the ride is better, most tires have a cold psi range printed on their side and they go upto 44. Since tire psi goes up when driving you may not want to start cold at 44 but 38 shouldn't damage the tires.
  • elroy5elroy5 Posts: 3,741
    While I agree about 32 because the ride is better, most tires have a cold psi range printed on their side and they go upto 44.

    The 44psi is the maximum pressure allowed for that tire (note on the tire it says MAX Pressure). It would only be applicable if the tire was under it's maximum load capabilities (which will never happen on a normal passenger car). The recommended tire pressures for your particular car, are on a label on the driver's door pillar. Some require less for the rear, than the front (more weight in the front). The most common pressure is 32psi for passenger cars. My label says 32psi front, and 29psi rear.
  • mikezakmikezak Posts: 95
    I am 'considering' a Fusion with an I4, but was concerned about engine and road noise in the cabin. I have to confess that I have NOT yet taken one for a test drive, but:
    1). I have a Mazda Tribute with the Ford I4 Cyl engine and the road and engine noice is terrible.
    2) Consumer Rpts notes that sound is an issue with the 4 Cyl.

    Should I just stay away, and concentrate on the Nissan Altima or Hyundai Sonata with their 4 Cyl engines?

  • mschmalmschmal Posts: 1,757
    I sell both Fusions and Altimas and IMHO, the engine noise is the same for both. Road noise is not a problem.

    Both of these engines use chains so the noise is kind of a higher pitch than on previous 4 cylinders with belts. Honda and Hyundai probably use a belt. Big repair cost.

    Quiet is much much better than 07 and previous Escapes.

  • I bought a 07 Milan V6 Premier with Moonroof two days ago. I noted some weired noise during highway driving. The noise sounds like some vanes of a fan are vibrating. But it's not the A/C system since even after I turn A/C off, I still get the noise. It also sounds like some window glasses are not fixed firmly. When I make a turn at high speed, I hear that the noise comes from one side of the car. However, when I drive straight, I feel the noise comes from under the manual break/transmission part.

    I am not sure if this is just some kind of wind noise or shows a much bigger problem. Shall I take it to the dealership for repair?
  • bl465bl465 Posts: 2
    The OEM tires with the 2006 Milan are P225/50R17. I want to replace them due to damage on one and treadwear but finding they are expensive at Costco, BJs, Sears and not many choices. Costco has 4 Michelins over $200/each and one BF Goodrich at $149. BJ's has none stocked. Sears has 11 starting at $189. Some tire sites, like Sears, show you can use P205/60R16 instead which have much more selection (23 stocked at Sears) and lower prices starting at $54.96.

    Any issues going with a different size tire? Do the 2007 and 2008 Milan and Fusion also use this expensive size tire? :surprise:
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 8,040
    Yes, they're the same. You can change the tire size as long as the overall diameter is close. But you can't go from a 225/50R17 to a 205/60R16 unless you change the 17" wheels to 16" wheels.

    For less expensive tires try Avon Tech M550 A/S or Yokohama Avid series. They're available in the OEM size and they're less than $130.
  • mschmalmschmal Posts: 1,757
    This is SECRET info.

    Go to www.tirerack.con. Find the tire you want. Print out the price. Then call local Ford /LM dealers until you find one that has the price match guarantee for tires.

    Take the tirerack price down to the dealer and insist that they match the price. Speak to the manager if you have to.

  • bl465bl465 Posts: 2
    Because I'm leaving shortly on a long road trip, I didn't have time to shop around nor did I know 17" P225/50R17 tires are harder to find in stock. I ended up at Costco with the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S at $200 each as they were the only ones in stock and they checked 4 other warehouses. Takes 5+ days to special order tires. All others were higher than $200 except a new BF Goodrich one at $150. Wasn't any cheaper at TireRack when you add in the road hazard warranty that Costco includes. Didn't go with a local dealer since I'm traveling to NYC and FL from Boston and can go to any Costco if needed.

    While I only bought a pair, good news is the car rides so much better and noticeable gas mileage increase, almost 5 mpg increase so far. Seems like the Milan OEM tires may be causing the lower city MPG. Mine were also Michelin, don't remember which model. I did have a Mercury TSB done 2 weeks ago to update the computer but didn't notice much MPG increase until adding these tires. Wonder if using 4 would be even better.
  • bdymentbdyment Posts: 571
    I think the TSB that you had done accounts for most of your MPG increase. Two new tires would not come close to a 5 mpg increase unless they replaced two flat tires. What condition are your two old remaining tires on the car in? If they have a lot of wear I would replace them as well. More for safety then mileage gain.
  • gw463gw463 Posts: 1
    I put Yokohama Avid on my '04 Camry and love the tires. Got them on-line at TireRack.
  • I purchased a 2006 Fusion with allegedly new tires...I got 6 months of heavy highway driving...and they needed replacing. So I did, with Nokians, I4's I think, anyway, 6 more months and 18 k miles and another set of tires is ruined...any one have similar problems...I figure this is 3 sets of tires on the car with 60k miles on it...under highway conditions.
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 8,040
    Are the tires wearing evenly? Are you rotating them? 20K miles on a set of tires is not uncommon. Do you have the 16" or 17" tires? 16's might be cheaper and might last a bit longer but you'd have to change wheels if you have 17's now.
  • The Nokians were 60K mile treadwear...and yes, rotating...not every 6k as suggested, but rotating. I've never had a car NOT get the reccomended treadwear the way I drive.
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 8,040
    Assuming the tire wear is even across the tread, the only thing I can think of is to have the alignment checked - specifically the front toe-in. That's the only thing I can think of that would affect normal tire wear.
  • Very appear to know what you are talking about. The toe was off...and subsequently re-aligned...I guess I am wondering...will I continue to blow through tires?
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 8,040
    No guarantee, but it should definitely be better than before. When the toe-in is off the tire is basically being scrubbed sideways when you're driving straight.
  • My 2006 Fusion SEL (30,356 miles) has been developing a terrible road noise. It is coming from the rear. My dealer says its worn tires but I had them rotated and the noise is the same. The tires look fine. The noise is much worse above 60. It has Michelin Pilot HX MXM4 P225/50R17

    Is there a fix or maybe someone has had better luck with different type or brand of tires.
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 8,040
    Could definitely be the tires - some are worse than others. It could also be a wheel bearing. Try jacking up the rear and spinning the tire (in neutral, parking brake off of course - be sure to block the tires so it can't roll). If it's a bearing you should hear something on just one side.
  • I just bought a set of Dunlops from the tirerack @ 141. a piece for the 225 50 R17. awesome deal. i didn't bother with the local dealers, they are way over priced.
  • I bought an 08 Milan back in Jan. I have a 2000 camry and the road noise is quite a bit more pronounced in the Milan. My Camry is a CE, nothing special but it is quiet. The Milan is just a loud car. Its like its just not as tight as the Camry. I like it...I guess. For the money it wasn't bad and it does look good. I think I wish I had bought another Camry.... :(
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