Groaning / Squeaking / Screeching noise from LR wheel???

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by bertbarndoor, Aug 11, 2005.

  1. bertbarndoor

    bertbarndoor Guest

    What could this be?

    It all started about a week ago. Whenever I turned in one direction
    (can't remember if it was right or left) the left rear wheel would
    squeek (sounded like it was once per revolution, *squeak* *squeak*
    *squeak* faster or slower depending on my speed.

    Now, for the last 2 days, the wheel squeaks or groans in any direction.
    At low speeds, especially while reversing, it sounds like a major
    groan. (like a submarine close to buckleing under metal fatigue from
    extreme pressure in the movies) rrrrrrrrrrrrrr
    Speeding up, it becomes a screeching or squeaking.

    One more thing, not sure if it is related. I had a look at all the
    rotors and it seems that in the effected area, there is about a quarter
    to a half inch what isn't warn on the outside of the rotor and instead
    of the nice shiny metal look, there is some rust. On all my other
    rotors, there appears to be clean metal (where the pads contact) right
    to the edge of the outside of the rotor.

    Any ideas? I'm hoping part of the break pad is screwed up and that's
    it. Thanks,

    bertbarndoor, Aug 11, 2005
  2. bertbarndoor

    SadaYama Guest

    Sounds more like busted boots on the CV joints. Did you check the boots?
    SadaYama, Aug 11, 2005
  3. could be 2 things that I can think of.

    1. Your brake pads are worn out and the squealer bar is in contact with your
    rotor. Its a warning signal saying "CHANGE ME!"

    2. A little rock is caught inside the caliper, and is causing a racket.
    Remove the caliper, and it should fall out. I just had to do this last night
    on my civic, it was a tiny little pebble, made my car sound like shit.

    T L via, Aug 11, 2005
  4. bertbarndoor

    butch burton Guest

    How many miles on these rear pads - have heard of people getting as
    little as 30K on rear pads. I suspect they are worn out - check asap -
    really easy to change yourself. Get a Helms Honda Shop Manual if you
    are planning on keeping the vehicle and doing the job yourself.
    Dealers charge a bunch for replacing pads - if you do have someone else
    change the pads, do not let them grind the rotors to "dress them up"
    unless they are scarred for metal to metal contact.

    It takes me far less time to change brake pads than driving to the
    dealer and waiting around. Have used both Auto Zone pads and Honda
    pads in past - Honda pads last longer. Also don't go to one of those
    franchise brake places - dealers are pricey but at least they won't
    screw it up - find a local garage that works on "Foreign cars" - most
    do and also that others have used. Mechanics are now getting around
    $25 and more an hour so it won't be cheap.
    butch burton, Aug 11, 2005
  5. bertbarndoor

    Bruce Guest


    His FAQ has an incredibly useful and easy-to-understand section on
    brake maintenance. It is made for Acuras, but the parts in his pictures
    were identical to those on my Civic. I had similar symptoms on my front
    left brake and since I did his brake maintenance for drivers in the
    snow belt, my brakes have never worked so good.

    Kudos to Tegger and those who have contributed to his FAQ.
    Bruce, Aug 11, 2005
  6. bertbarndoor

    Pars Guest

    Does the noise go way when the brakes are applied? If so, you're probably do
    for a brake service.

    In my case, I had the same type of symptoms/noise, even when I was ridding
    brakes. It turn out the my F/L wheel hub got bent-up (can't understand
    how I managed that without destroying the mags *shrug*). However, on
    a few occasions, I have hit potholes/or sharp dips (Toronto hwy sucks!)
    while going around a sharp bend at over a 100mpg (do ya think..?)

    Pars, Aug 12, 2005
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