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Old 11-19-2018, 02:35 PM   #1
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ok so for months now ive had a squeak coming from the front left of my impreza. its like a constant loud squeaksqueaksqueak whenever im turning either way. the sound correlates to my speed. i thought it was the brakes at first but here's whats weird: it only happens after ive driven it a while, and if i let off the gas mid corner it stops.

ive replaced control arm/steering rack bushings, tie rods, struts, front left wheel bearing, pads/rotors, bled calipers, checked backing plates. cv's aren't torn. not sure if its related but my brakes also make a slightly different grinding/squeaking sound whenever i get on them and the slower i get the slower it gets, but i had that before the squeaking when turning.
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Old 11-19-2018, 04:44 PM   #2
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Have you checked your belts as well?
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Old 11-19-2018, 05:46 PM   #3
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Have you checked your belts as well?
what should i check for? they aren't loose or cracked
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Old 11-20-2018, 02:05 PM   #4
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okay so i was checking all the pulleys last night and i was able to wiggle the idler pulley around by hand...thinking that may be it
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Old 11-30-2018, 04:36 PM   #5
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replaced the idler pulley. definitely needed to be done, but it didn't help the squeak. maybe its the caliper? ive tried lubing the slide pins and it hasnt helped. this is really getting on my nerves because the car drives fine otherwise.
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Old 12-01-2018, 04:55 PM   #6
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took some videos today.

while turning, not on brakes:



while braking:

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Old 12-31-2018, 06:44 PM   #7
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ok i took MORE videos. also noticed that it does it when turned right to any degree, but has to be turned sharply left to do it. would love some help diagnosing this.


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Old 01-10-2019, 10:56 AM   #8
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went to the mechanic that replaced my wheel bearing. showed him the noise and he said "well whatever it is it'll fall out eventually, cya". wtf?
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It’s gotta be your front half-shafts or drive axles or whatever they are called. I’m assuming you have plenty of miles and it’s an older vehicle otherwise it doesn’t make sense.
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Old 01-10-2019, 09:29 PM   #10
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It’s gotta be your front half-shafts or drive axles or whatever they are called. I’m assuming you have plenty of miles and it’s an older vehicle otherwise it doesn’t make sense.
yeah im just gonna order a new cv axle, really hope thats it. i just assumed it wasnt because there's no clunk like you usually get with a bad cv. honestly its probably on factory axles, whoever owned the car before me did basically no maintenance outside of oil changes

ALSO: forgot to mention the brake noise went away after messing with the brakes for the 20th time. not sure exactly how but now i know its unrelated lol.
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I’d change both/set. Otherwise it’s 50-50 and the other will also need replacing not too far out.

Rockauto.com has been unbeatable for me as far as pricing for oem parts. They will send you a pre printed return label for cores, if required.

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I’d change both/set. Otherwise it’s 50-50 and the other will also need replacing not too far out.

Rockauto.com has been unbeatable for me as far as pricing for oem parts. They will send you a pre printed return label for cores, if required.
i probably should replace them both but this car has nickle and dimed me like crazy so im trying to spend as little as possible. ill just try one for now since im 99% sure its coming from the drivers side. yeah i always order from rockauto, but man when you have to return something it really sucks.
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Depending on your circumstances surrounding keeping this car and if you can live with the noise you can just keep driving. The worst that can happen is one breaks and since we are awd I’d think you’d still be able to drive. Then change it once broke. I’ve done that before when I was younger and poorer and with older cars.
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Depending on your circumstances surrounding keeping this car and if you can live with the noise you can just keep driving. The worst that can happen is one breaks and since we are awd I’d think you’d still be able to drive. Then change it once broke. I’ve done that before when I was younger and poorer and with older cars.
Welp, the sound is FINALLY gone. It was the driver's side axle. The original one had a bunch of play in it but everyone was like "oh thats normal"...yet my brand new one had zero play lol. Seems to have fixed my highway wandering and vibration too.
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Welp, the sound is FINALLY gone. It was the driver's side axle. The original one had a bunch of play in it but everyone was like "oh thats normal"...yet my brand new one had zero play lol. Seems to have fixed my highway wandering and vibration too.
Thank you for letting us know what it was.
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Gonna keep updating this thread in case anyone else has the same problem - but the noise is back after about 2 weeks. SAME EXACT NOISE. So I guess its not the CV? Maybe its the wheel bearing after all. I swear anybody else would've scrapped this thing by now
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It was the wheel bearing/hub. Installed new hub/wheel bearing and the squeak is gone for good. I changed the wheel bearing last year but not the hub, and the mechanic didn't bother telling me the hub was worn too, so there was still play in the assembly causing the squeak and vibration. Also my steering wheel is straight now so thats cool.
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Old 06-09-2019, 11:21 AM   #18
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The noise is slowly coming back, and there's a pop when turning at low speeds now. Wtf is the deal with this car. Oh and I went to make sure my top hats were tight (WITH A LITTLE 3/8 RATCHET) and this happened:

This thread has basically become my blog
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