Q: I get a squeaky noise when I turn right or come to a stop.

asked by on April 28, 2016

I have already had my tire rods switched out in the last year and upper control arm do I need shocks its only on the front passenger side

My car has 118000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Squealing noise from brakes Inspection $79.99 - $89.99 Get a Quote

The first thing that comes to mind would be lower ball joints. It’s not uncommon for ball joints, tie rod ends and brakes to exhibit similar sounding squeaks, although lower ball joints are the most common culprit for squeaking when turning. You stated the tie rods had been changed recently. Don’t rule them out as the source of the problem. New parts do fail. In this case, if the tie rod end was dry, (not lubricated correctly), a squeak can still occur from them. Of course, these parts address the squeak while turning to the right. Squeaks of this nature don’t usually sound out when coming to a straight stop.

Since you hear this squeak when braking, the first step is a thorough inspection of the brake system. For most people the problem may not be obvious. It takes an experienced technician to identify noises that come from a disc brake system. Brakes don’t usually make noise simply from turning the wheel. The torquing that occurs in the steering system while turning can flex various components in the brake system and create the same squeak you may here while braking. Some things to look for in the braking system are pads that are loose in their guides. Excessive play in the caliper guides. Worn pads including uneven where between the two pads and or uneven where on one pad. Brake system noises are a product of vibration creating harmonics. This occurs in any area of the brake pad, caliper and rotor system that isn’t properly lubed or secured. If you are not familiar with this particular brake system, it can be difficult to identify these problems as they can be subtle.

With noises like this, the most effective method of locating the noise is an experienced mechanic. It takes a series of tests to recreate the forces that the vehicle exerts upon itself when driving. This must be done while the vehicle is sitting still. Often a stethoscope is necessary and second set of hands. Recreating the sound while the car is sitting still takes some creativity and an understanding of what kind of stresses each component experiences while driving. If the source of the noise is coming from the brake system, it is often necessary to do some minor disassembly of the brake system for a detailed inspection. A thorough cleaning and lubing is usually done at this time. Even as an experienced mechanic, sometimes we are unable to pinpoint the source of the squeak, but by performing a simple cleaning and lubing of all the appropriate components may solve the problem.

Chasing noises such as this is often difficult, so I would recommend contacting an experienced technician, such as one available from YourMechanic, to diagnose the squeaking noise for you.

The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

What others are asking

AC not blowing cold air in 2005 Jeep Liberty

Often times the air not being cold is due to low refrigerant levels. Once the refrigerant gets low, the pressure falls. The pressure sensors in an effort to protect the A/C system wont let it come on. The fan will...

My car leaks under the dashboard when it rains or I go through a car wash near the brake & gas petal

Hi there. Water leaks can come from various sources: a clogged drain tube in the AC/Heater box can cause overflow through the heater vent, or faulty cowling can cause water ingress into the passenger compartment. Once the source is found,...

Car runs hot

On some of these engines, the idler, or tensioner pulley, tends to go bad and throws the belt. However, it could be that your belt just broke from age and wear, or another problem caused the belt to break or...

Reversed jumper cables and now car won't start even with a new battery.

A number of things may have occurred when the jumper cables were reversed. The battery cables themselves may be fried and require replacement in order to start the vehicle. The PCM or the main computer in your vehicle may also...

Car going into Limp Mode

Your problem may be something simple or more complex. The first thing that needs to happen is for the Diagnostic Trouble Codes or DTC's to be read and addressed. There are only a few things that can put your car...

Oil for my car 2005 Hyundai Accent

Hello - not ideal perhaps, but yes, you can use the 5W30 oil in your engine. Since we are in the winter months, the lower "viscosity" rating (5), is more important - measuring the fluidity of the oil at lower...

Cracked Windshield repair

You will need to have the crack checked by a professional glass company to inspect it and replace the windshield if they cannot repair it. Most small spider cracks can be repaired if they are less than the size of...

Does a 2006 jeep grand cherokee 3.7 need a fan clutch ?

The fan clutch was only used on the 4.7L engine. It will not be present on your engine (the 3.7L) and so you will only have the radiator shroud and fan assembly. If you are having any issues with the...

best car battery

Hi Cesar. Thanks for contacting us today. There are several brands of car batteries that tend to last longer than most. Interstate, Optima and Duralast are among the best for cold cranking amps, which is really what makes a battery...

Related articles

The Best Used Cars to Buy If You Like to Go Off-Roading
Your Your best bet for off-roading is a 4x4 SUV. Depending on the model that pleases you most, though, you might have to shop around a bit to find a good used one. That’s simply because off-roaders typically become very...
The Best Used Cars to Buy If You Live in a Hilly Area
Do Do you live in terrain that is hilly? Do your city streets feature plenty of inclines and declines that can be nothing short of treacherous in miserable weather? If so, when it’s time to purchase a car you’re looking...
2012 Jeep Patriot vs. 2012 Honda CR-V: Which One Should I Buy?
The mid-size SUV is a great vehicle for getting a lot of people from one place to another, with a decent price point and pretty good ongoing fuel economy. While they are never going to get the amazing gas mileage...