Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Squeaking noise while driving

asked by on

I believe my front right wheel bearings need replacing. There is a squeaking noise as I drive. The noise lessens as I veer left or drive in a leftward curve.

A: Hi there. This is possible, especially if t...

Hi there. This is possible, especially if the intensity of the noise changes as the weight of the vehicle is shifted from side to side. Wheel bearing failures will generally cause a constant growling noise but you may be in the early stages of wear on the wheel bearing. Another possibility could be a steering or suspension component noise if the noise is not constant while driving. One last thing to consider is the possibility of an unusual tire wear pattern in the tire tread. A chopping or cupping tire wear pattern can cause a wheel bearing type noise. This tire wear pattern looks like a series of high and low spots that occurs in the inner or outer edge of a tire and can be caused due to a toe setting being off from poor wheel alignment. If you need further assistance, I recommend you have a certified technician, like one from YourMechanic, inspect the noise and replace the failing components.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

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

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Why would I need wheel bearings again after only two years on my 2011 Chevrolet Malibu

Hello. The wheel bearings on your car should not wear out that fast. There are a few things that will cause them t wear out prematurely though. If the vehicle is not equipped with the factory wheels then this can...

Q: Truck starts emits a fire compression sound, then revolutions to max with stuttering and turns off. 2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

Hi - I suspect the throttle mechanism, specifically the throttle position sensor, has been damaged, or possibly re-installed incorrectly during your other repairs. I would recommend an inspection of the throttle system by a mobile, professional mechanic, such as one...

Q: Air conditioning, speedometer, and rear wipers stopped working

To answer this fully, I would need more information as to what the original problem was and what repairs were performed. This sounds like a case of a shorted wire somewhere as these systems you listed are normally unrelated. A...

Related articles

What Causes Hoses to Leak?
While the largest part of your engine is mechanical, hydraulics plays a significant role. You’ll find fluids at work in a number of different areas. Your car's fluids include: Engine oil Transmission...
How to Avoid Back Pain in a Car
If you have back problems, sitting in a car for an extended period of time can be excruciating. Even without back problems, you could experience discomfort and soreness from...
P2428 OBD-II Trouble Code: Exhaust Gas Temperature Too High Bank 1
P2428 code definition A P2428 trouble code signifies that the PCM has detected a problem in the exhaust gas temperature sensor circuit in bank 1, which subsequently contains the number one...