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I have a 1993 Mercury Sable GS and it has about 92,000 miles on it. It sat for approx 2 years when my grandmother passed away. When I took posession of it 3 years ago I noticed a loud hum when driving coming from the rear. To me it sounded like bad wheel bearings but I can not find anything on here about the car even having rear wheel bearings. The hum is still there and drives fine. Its just loud and annoying. I have drum brakes in the rear if that helps.
 

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I have a 1993 Mercury Sable GS and it has about 92,000 miles on it. It sat for approx 2 years when my grandmother passed away. When I took posession of it 3 years ago I noticed a loud hum when driving coming from the rear. To me it sounded like bad wheel bearings but I can not find anything on here about the car even having rear wheel bearings. The hum is still there and drives fine. Its just loud and annoying. I have drum brakes in the rear if that helps.
It has rear wheel bearings and I believe it is old enough to have replaceable tapered rollers. Unlikely to fail unless it has been in water. Tires can make a similar sound.

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turns out that the hum is the goodyear aquatred 3 tires. I moved them to the front and now the hum is there. Unreal that a tire can be manufactured to be noisy! There's less than 10,000 on them.
 

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If they are directional tires and they are put in the wrong direction they can hum as well. I had that happen on an old car that I bought. Turned the tires the right direction and no more hum.
 
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