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    Chirping/squeaking from front of car at low speeds

    Hello. Two days after I took my car to the shop to get my hub assembly replaced, a noticeable chirp/squeak noise started to omit from what sounds like the front of my car only while it's moving. The noise correlates with of the speed of the car. Faster chirps/squeaks the faster I go. However, once I reach 15-20 miles an hour, the noise seems to disappear every time. It doesn't matter if the wheel is turned full lock either way, or if I press on the brakes, the noise is still there. Any ideas?


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    Re: Chirping/squeaking from front of car at low speeds

    Take it back.

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    Re: Chirping/squeaking from front of car at low speeds

    The repair shop says it's my brake pads, even though they are less than halfway worn through.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WolfFang
    It doesn't matter if the wheel is turned full lock either way, or if I press on the brakes, the noise is still there. Any ideas?
    It's not the brakes.

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    Take it back and tell them to put the bearin on right... If anything it would be that piece of metal i forget what its called. Its like a shield behind your rotor that will sometimes get bent or whatever. I think its your bearing/ whatever that metal piece is. If it was your brakes it would constantly make noises

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    Re: Chirping/squeaking from front of car at low speeds

    Brake wear indicator was my first thought as well, but if that where the case, they would quiet down once the brakes where applied. Besides, the wear indicators do not come into contact with the rotors until well past the 1/2 way point. It's easy enough to pull a wheel and look at the wear indicator to see if it is in contact with the rotor. Then you'll know whether or not to take it back or replace the pads.

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    Re: Chirping/squeaking from front of car at low speeds

    Well I jacked up the car and took a look at things. The pad wear indicator is fine. The metal shield type thing is fine as well. When I spin the front drivers side wheel with my hands when it is in neutral, I can hear the chirp, but can't find it. I sprayed wd40 on anything it was safe to spray on. No luck. I can't figure out what is causing this. The only thing I saw out of the normal was a small groove on the backside of the rotor.

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    Something stuck between the pad and rotor?

    You didn't get any oil on the pads or rotor, did you?

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    Re: Chirping/squeaking from front of car at low speeds

    I did not get anything on the rotor or pads. I'd be dead meat otherwise. Ill check in between the pads. It's just weird because the noise doesn't go away when I apply the brakes.

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    Does it change at all?

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    Re: Chirping/squeaking from front of car at low speeds

    The sound doesn't change. It only gets progressively faster up until 15 mph then it disappears. And another weird thing I noticed is that the if you let the car sit for an extended period of time the noise will disappear shortly, only to start back up once I drive it for 5-10 minutes.

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    Re: Chirping/squeaking from front of car at low speeds

    Quote Originally Posted by WolfFang View Post
    The only thing I saw out of the normal was a small groove on the backside of the rotor.
    Find what caused that groove and you'll most likely find the source of your noise. Hard to imagine something getting caught between the pad & rotor, but you can't be sure until you pull the caliper.


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