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Old 08-16-2008, 02:38 AM   #1
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Default Annoying squeak, please help!

Hey guys, I have done some searches about the subject but nothing seemed to help out much. Any help would be appreciated.

I am having a squeak from my left front tire that has gotten worse over the past couple weeks, it happens on every revolution of the tire and i have noticed some black residue being shot up from the tire onto the side of the car, i think it is related. It only happens when my foot is not on the brake, if i brake it stops squeaking all together. If anyone has any input as to what this can be it would be appreciated.
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Old 08-16-2008, 03:32 AM   #2
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Abnormal tire wear? Abnormal marks on brake rotor? How much brake do you have left in front?

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Old 08-16-2008, 03:57 AM   #3
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I have the same problem with mine. First I thought that my breaks are going out. It happens when it is really Hot too. My friends said it's probably brake dust. I spray it real good when I wash my car and some how I didn't hear it again. But first i would inspect your rotor and your brake pads like the other guy said. Good luck!
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Old 08-16-2008, 03:58 AM   #4
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Abnormal tire wear? Abnormal marks on brake rotor? How much brake do you have left in front?

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I believe i have about 25% left
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Old 08-16-2008, 04:01 AM   #5
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Check if the tires wear evenly, it could be an alignment issue.

The "black residue" might be rubber.
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Old 08-16-2008, 04:02 AM   #6
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I have the same problem with mine. First I thought that my breaks are going out. It happens when it is really Hot too. My friends said it's probably brake dust. I spray it real good when I wash my car and some how I didn't hear it again. But first i would inspect your rotor and your brake pads like the other guy said. Good luck!
I have noticed what i thought was an abnormal amount of brake dust build up
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Old 08-16-2008, 01:53 PM   #7
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I checked the tread and it seemed equal for all four tires.

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Black residue on side of car, directly behind tire
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Old 08-16-2008, 02:03 PM   #8
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Are you sure your axle boot is not rimped?
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Old 08-16-2008, 03:49 PM   #9
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its probably....99% sure your wheel bearing....
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Old 08-16-2008, 03:54 PM   #10
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mine did that too. i had a little rock stuck between the pad and rotor.
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Old 08-16-2008, 09:46 PM   #11
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its probably....99% sure your wheel bearing....
wheel bearing would sling stuff onto side of car how?


pull the wheel and take your brake apart, something is going on in there. your rotors are super glazed too, that could be part of the squeal you're hearing.
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Old 08-17-2008, 04:48 AM   #12
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What pads are you running? Those look like EBC yellow if so they are more designed for the track and will squeak more than normal daily driving pads. As far as the residue I am unsure of that it should not be a axel boot that would normaly stay underneath the car. How many miles on the car? Are you sure the residue is related? Clean it off and drive around for a little while does it return on the side of your car?
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Old 08-17-2008, 04:57 AM   #13
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I took off my tire today and checked out the axle boot, it was in good shape. I didnt take apart my brake but i checked the pads and i still had a good fourth of an inch left on each side. I couldnt see any obvious problems with the rotor, there were no grooves or bumps. Didnt check the wheel bearing. Im stumped
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Old 08-17-2008, 05:00 AM   #14
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it's probably a combo of those pads and your super glazed rotor. it goes away when you step on the brake because you smash the two surfaces together. like the other guy said clean the stuff off your car and see if it returns...
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Old 08-17-2008, 05:14 AM   #15
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Back to my previous question what pads are you running?
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Old 08-17-2008, 05:44 AM   #16
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Back to my previous question what pads are you running?
dude i dont even know i bought the car with these on
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Old 08-17-2008, 08:17 AM   #17
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understandable, I am sure there are other yellow brake pads out there but the EBC's came to my mind right away because I just installed a set on my car this week for the track. Hopefully it is just your brakes and nothing else. I would spray the hell out of them with a hose to clean them off and see what happens. Good Luck...
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Old 08-17-2008, 04:24 PM   #18
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Kill the mouse that's doing the squeaking.
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Old 09-20-2008, 09:03 AM   #19
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i know this is a farily recent thread but any updates on this? this happened to me and went away once washing/cleaning wheels but comes back not too long later. took brakes apart pads are great (27k total miles, 2005 wrx, original owner) rotors look to be fine no warping, slightly like those above that are said to be glazed though.

seems like its comming from the front drivers side wheel. hitting brakes stops it. usually happens below 25 mph or so. sounds like one squeek per wheel revolution.
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Old 09-20-2008, 11:08 AM   #20
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i know this is a farily recent thread but any updates on this? this happened to me and went away once washing/cleaning wheels but comes back not too long later. took brakes apart pads are great (27k total miles, 2005 wrx, original owner) rotors look to be fine no warping, slightly like those above that are said to be glazed though.

seems like its comming from the front drivers side wheel. hitting brakes stops it. usually happens below 25 mph or so. sounds like one squeek per wheel revolution.
Sounds like what I had. After i couldnt figure it out myself, I took it in and found out that the brake shims had either come loose or someone installed them incorrectly.
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Old 09-20-2008, 11:31 AM   #21
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That splatter on the side of your car looks exactly the same as when my wife's stoptech's were leaking brake fluid.
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Old 09-20-2008, 12:38 PM   #22
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Old 09-20-2008, 02:22 PM   #23
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does the pedal pulsate at all when you get on the brakes??? maybe rotors out of round enough to cause it.. and pads built for racing are gunna put out more dust than normal street pads caause of the metals. and before the weather was starting to go downhill were you noticing moisture or fluid behind you brakes? maybe on the dust shield or something? thatll make er squeek or if you calipers are binding up to one side it may just not be releasing one pad off the rotor completly.. how did the backside of the rotor look compared to the outside??? and just cause something doesnt look out-of-round doesnt mean it isnt haha
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couldnt see his pic when i posted up sorry but yup extra shim on one side can deffinatly keep a pad applied. im guessin the squeek is you brake pad not coming out of contact which canexplain the nassssty dust specially if theyre more on the more metal side of materials in the pad...... your car drift a lil to the squeeky side??
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its probably....99% sure your wheel bearing....
I agree. I get that black stuff on all four corners it's from not having mudflaps and tar that oozes out of roads. I had same symptoms about 1.5 years ago and it was the wheel bearing.
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