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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 08-07-06, 04:39 PM Thread Starter
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Squealing noise while driving

I have been messing around trying to figure out a metallic squeal coming from the right front wheel for weeks now. The sound only occurs at speeds over 20 mph. I initially thought that I needed new front brake pads (37k miles). I was having problems with the caliper removal, so I took it to the dealer for a brake inspection. They let me know that I didn't need pads (75% remaining), and they kept the car for a day to resurface the rotors under warranty. The service tech stated that the rotors were slightly warped, and that was causing the pad to drag (I didn't think it would work, but they are the experts). They performed the work, but the sound was back 2 days later. They took the car in again for 2 more days, but could not find where it was coming from. The service tech said that he does hear the sound, but they couldn't pinpoint where the hell it was coming from. They tried to put it on a lift to re-create the sound, but it wouldn't happen when the suspension was unloaded.

Has anyone else experienced this problem, or heard anything like it? My car is a 2004 (6 speed). The dealer said to let the problem get worse...but its not a safety issue. Any advice will be appreciated! I'm buying beer for the one who figures this crap out!
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I have a squeal, scrape noise come from my '04 6 speed when I turn hard left from the right front wheel as well. I haven't had a chance to put it up and see what it is, but I also had my rotors warp in the first few thousand miles and they were resurfaced as well. We're gonna have to try and figure this one out. I feel your pain bro.

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Yeah it really sucks to hear that noise. The dealership has bent over backward to try to diagnose the problem. They even apologized. At least I know they will back their product, which is so much different than what I am used to!

If I find out anything, I'll be sure to post it here.
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Definetly let us know. I will do the same if I get a chance to look at it.

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Yes!! I don't come on here very often, but I did specifically today to see if anyone else has this issue! I have it as well, seems to be at speeds over 40 mph. It's VERY odd....it's almost as if something is loose, because when i'm on the freeway on smooth asphalt and then the road turns to older concrete, it's there. Mine has gotten worse over the last 3 months to where I can expect to hear it every time I'm out driving guaranteed. I also seem to hear it only after I've been driving for 15+ minutes, for the first 15 or so minutes I don't hear it at all. Let's keep this thread going because I want a resolution to this. It's annoying as hell!!
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Well mine seems to not do it when the suspension is unloaded as well. I jacked up the front and spun the wheel and then took off the wheel and spun the rotor. There was however a slight clicking noise (not a cv joint click though) when the suspension was unloaded. I guess I am going to have to make an appt. with the dealer and see what they say.

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I notice my car does this when it's hotter. For example, I leave for work at 5 am, and it's still pretty cool out - I might hear it once on my 50 mile commute. Then in the afternoon, while I'm coming home, it'll do it almost 70% of the time. I'm wondering if it has to do with that little metal shield in between the rotor and the CV joint. It seems like it could rattle pretty easily, and maybe the tolerances are such that when it's hotter the parts expand just enough to rub more. But wtf do I know. lol
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Did anyone consider CV joints? Mine have groaned (howled, moaned) since new. Dealer said "T.F.B." Normal!
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For me, the scraping sound ended up being my rear brakes, worn down to 1mm. They were promptly replaced and now all is back to normal.
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How many miles do you have on your car?

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Approx 41k. The front pads have over half their wear left. I commute 50 miles each way though, and over a winding mountain road at that. Needless to say, my brakes go thru a lot.

The surprising thing is the tire wear. I have well over half my tread left on the stock tires. Given the driving that I do, that's incredible.
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I'm really surprised that your back brakes went out first. Did you have a caliper sticking or anything? I have 23k on mine right now.

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I'm beginning to think that my "squeal" is from brake dust. The sound goes away every time I wash my car....I really focus on the rims with the power washer due to the amount of brake dust that I accumulate.

Does anyone think that brake dust could be a noise maker?

Also, how can I keep the dust off my rims....I usually am pretty easy on my brakes, so I don't know how it keeps building up so quickly.
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Is it while braking, or just during certain motion while turning? It could be the CV joints or the bearings.

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I'm really surprised that your back brakes went out first. Did you have a caliper sticking or anything? I have 23k on mine right now.
I was hearing a sqealing coming from the drivers' side rear wheel at speeds above 45pmh. I changed the pads in the rear and the noise went away. I have had the car since new and don't remember ever changing the fronts. The fronts had about 75% wear left. Is that normal?

If I were you I would kill myself.
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