Squealing Wheels-Not Brakes

stats99July 25, 2005

1997 dodge Intrepid, 95,000 miles.

Wheels (I'm pretty sure) are squealing, the squeals are not timed with braking, but rather just while driving.

Thoughts?

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john999

Hub-caps ? Sometimes he sidewalll rubs on them and makes them squeal.

    Bookmark   July 26, 2005 at 6:28AM
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earthworm

Posted by stats99 (My Page) on Mon, Jul 25, 05 at 21:01

1997 dodge Intrepid, 95,000 miles.
Wheels (I'm pretty sure) are squealing, the squeals are not timed with braking, but rather just while driving.
Thoughts
Nigh impossible for the wheels to "squeal"..But it could be a bad wheel cover - these, being a little loose, would cause rattles...
Test for the brakes being on due to a bad caliper or master cylinder.

Probably a slightly bent backing plate is causing this...Its clearance must be more than just 1 to 2 mm !!

    Bookmark   July 26, 2005 at 12:45PM
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GMC_ASE_TECH

Posted by: earthworm (My Page) on Tue, Jul 26, 05 at 12:45

Posted by stats99 (My Page) on Mon, Jul 25, 05 at 21:01
1997 dodge Intrepid, 95,000 miles.
Wheels (I'm pretty sure) are squealing, the squeals are not timed with braking, but rather just while driving.
Thoughts
Nigh impossible for the wheels to "squeal"..But it could be a bad wheel cover - these, being a little loose, would cause rattles...
Test for the brakes being on due to a bad caliper or master cylinder.

Probably a slightly bent backing plate is causing this...Its clearance must be more than just 1 to 2 mm !!

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Another Great WORM quote. While he's at it, maybe Stats should check the MUFFLER BEARING, or FIREWALL GASKET !

Here's a stab in the dark Earthworm, Wheel Bearing. Check those and also check and see if the wear guage on the back of the Brake pad is touching the Rotor. Both of those would make the noise you described. Good luck and post back with the results.

    Bookmark   July 28, 2005 at 2:11PM
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stats99

Thanks.

The noise stops when I apply the brakes. also seems to stop when i make a right turn and increase if I turn wheel to the left!

    Bookmark   July 28, 2005 at 7:46PM
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brianl703

Worn wheel bearings usually rumble instead of squeaking. (I've never heard of a wheel bearing squeaking, and I think the reason why is that the bearings and the hub are simply too heavy to vibrate fast enough to produce a high-pitched noise).

Yes, a bent backing plate/dust shield CAN cause this..and it WILL stop when the brakes are applied..and if turning in the right direction..had this exact problem with a 1993 Ford Escort.

    Bookmark   July 29, 2005 at 3:42PM
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Pilm

This is exactly what happened to me recently, heard a very noticable scratchy kind of squeal from my front right wheel. Thought it might be the brake indicator, but I only changed front brakes 2 years ago, so it didn't seem like it could be a brake problem. So I jacked up the front wheel and rotated it and heard the noise, then looked behind the wheel and saw the dust shield was touching the rotor on one side. So I took a screwdriver and just bent it a few mils back so that it cleared, and the noise is gone. Not really sure what caused it to suddenly start touching, I don't recall driving into a sidewalk or anything, but anyway, that seems to have solved the problem!

    Bookmark   September 3, 2011 at 2:49PM
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