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post #1 of 10 Old 04-22-2017, 06:52 PM Thread Starter
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Front passenger - squeak..squeak on moderate braking

Read through all the posts but didn't find any that addressed what I'm experiencing.

On moderate braking, I hear a squeak..squeak from the passenger front side. It's only on moderate braking. It goes away on heavier braking. I'm running 35's on stock D44's with gusseted C's, Teraflex performance budget boost (stock springs with spacers, stock shocks with extensions, etc.), HD tie rod, drag link & track bar.

I replaced front rotors & pads this weekend, greased the back of the pads & the pins. Front passenger stick squeaks with moderate braking pressure.

Checked the rear axle flanges, looks like the right rear is slightly bent. I know this will cause noise from the rear. My problem is that I hear the squeak from the front passenger side. Before you say my hearing is off (which it very well could be), had the wife listen & she seems to thinks it's coming from the front too.

Don't think it's the wheel bearing since it's not a groaning noise & there no noticeable movement in the wheel. Don't think it's the driveshaft since I only hear it on braking.

Anyone had this issue before? Also appreciate any suggestions that might help with diagnosis. Thx.

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Sway bar link on the passenger side?...squeeks can be a pita to track down.

Seems like you covered the brake potential.

Go pro can be useful if u have one or can borrow one.

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Thx Fklein6768. The camera is my next step....once I figure out how to secure it in the wheel well.
The sway bar link bushings looked ok visually...I will try disconnecting the sway bar to see if that makes any difference too.


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In my experience squeaks from the wheel bearing will generally go away when you brake, but will come back when you let off brakes. Brake squeaks generally go on when you brake and off when you let off, unless a rock is stuck between rotor and shield. Any chance that you installed the little squeaker tab backwards onto the brake pad? I would suggest putting that side on a jack stand and spinning the wheel by hand and listening. I would also check and make sure the wheel bearing is good by trying to rock the tire up and down and feeling for movement while it is on stands. Grab the sway bar link by hand and move it in up down/side to side motions and feel for play.

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i have had it occur multiple times ;I have a wheel off the front - brake work , unit bearing , ball joint ,etc..- & in rushing to finish up I torque the lugs to spec then drive and after a few days notice a squeak-squeak-squeak up front pssgr or driver wheel area.

The lugs loosen and I now always retorque to spec after a day or two. They loosen up and ya hear the squeak from that tiny looseness. Check your lugs then check the brake grease on the caliper clips is working properly.


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new brake pads create excessive brake dust. try taking a spray bottle with a little soapy water and squirt it on both sides of the rotors and see if it quiets it down. if it does probably just brake dust.
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Thanks guys. I will recheck the lug nuts. Front brakes are pretty well lubed, will spray some anyways just to see.

I also stuck a camera on both the front end & then later on the back. Noise seems to be louder from the rear, but wasn't conclusive. The right rear brake calipers is definitely moving, so the flange is bent. I'm now wondering if the noise is coming from the right rear but for some reason sounds to the ear like it's the front.

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Thanks guys. I will recheck the lug nuts. Front brakes are pretty well lubed, will spray some anyways just to see.

I also stuck a camera on both the front end & then later on the back. Noise seems to be louder from the rear, but wasn't conclusive. The right rear brake calipers is definitely moving, so the flange is bent. I'm now wondering if the noise is coming from the right rear but for some reason sounds to the ear like it's the front.

Will update the thread with what I find.


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I have had rear brakes metal on metal and I would have bet every penny the sound was coming from up front. Sound transfer can be a problem tracking stuff down but you'll get it

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I have had rear brakes metal on metal and I would have bet every penny the sound was coming from up front. Sound transfer can be a problem tracking stuff down but you'll get it

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Yeah.. but he just changed pads and rotors... I would check for shim missing o the one makin noise... had lost one before even after makin sure they were all on.. good luck!!


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Front passenger - squeak..squeak on moderate braking

Update - the noise was from the rear. Axle flanges were bent causing the squeak squeak on light braking. Sorry...could have sworn it was from the front, but I guess my ears deceived me.

Replaced the rear axle shafts today & the noise is gone.

Unfortunately, I damaged a speed sensor connector so I have some lights on the dash. Not too bad, a replacement connector is on order.

Thanks for all the feedback.


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