Q: Squealing and clicking noise from back part of the car but only when moving forward

asked by on March 31, 2017

Driving into the garage last night after a rain storm I heard a squealing noise and assumed it was just wet brakes. This morning the noise is louder and there is also a clicking noise every few feet I drive. There is no noise when backing up. It sounds like it is coming from the back right part of the car.

My car has 41000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Car is making a noise Inspection $79.99 - $89.99 Get a Quote

Hello, thank you for writing in. The first step is to definitively determine if the noise happens when the vehicle is moving (and it is brake or wheel related), or if the noise happens constantly when the vehicle is running. There may be debris stuck between the rotor and the brake pad, as the space between them while the brakes are off is very small. Wheel weights used for balancing the tires are either clipped or glued to the inside of the wheel, and they may have had issues due to the rain. Locating the noise, and the giving the area a full inspection needs to happen first. If you remove the tire and check the brakes, and there is nothing obviously wrong, then you may want to look into other components in the area. For help with an inspection, contact our service department to schedule an appointment.

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

Brake rotors keep getting warped - 2010 Land Rover LR4

Brake rotor warpage occurs when there is too much heat created during braking operations and then the heat is not dissipated quickly enough. Heat is generally removed from the brakes via ductwork directing air over the brakes, slots in the...

Engine, power steering, and brakes shut off

Given you had a "sudden" failure, you might check the crank position sensor first. This component instructs the ignition module when to fire the spark plugs. If the crank position sensor is OK, work your way up the electrical path....

Hesitation while accelerating while already moving, normal from a stop

Hi There, It sounds like you may have a fuel supply problem in getting the proper amount of fuel to the fuel injectors. As you know, when you turn the key to on, the fuel pump is activated and the...

Faulty low air pressure sensor.

The tire pressure monitoring system will only trigger a warning light for three reasons including a low tire pressure. The other two reasons are if the computer does not detect a signal from a sensor due to it being missing...

Grinding from rear brakes

Hi there. Sounds to me that your brake pads have worn past their limit causing the metal base to press against the brake rotor which is leading to metal on metal contact. A brake service is due for your car....

Driver's side headlight keeps burning out. High beams and running lights are fine.

Hello. Thank you for writing in. There are several reasons why your bulb would continue to burn out prematurely. The first thing you want to check is that you are wiping any oils from your hands off of the bulb....

Brakes: vacuum pump relay failire

It sounds like your problems are isolated to the Brake Assist System which is a system designed to sense panic stop conditions and use vacuum to assist the brake pedal and give you the shortest possible stopping distance. Like the...

Car shakes at 40-6- mph and brakes squeak

Many different things can cause a vibration at speeds. The most common causes of this would be warped brake rotors, a damaged suspension component, or tire that is damaged or out of balance. It is possible for this fault to...

What is the brake over accelerator feature?

Your car offers a brake over accelerator system intended to help combat a stuck or sticking gas pedal. It’s designed to provide safety, but you need to know how to use the system to make the most of it. This...

Related articles

Top 10 Ways to Make Your Car More Green
Every car produces greenhouse gases. You can reduce your car's environmental impact with tune-ups, filling the tires, and making your car lightweight.
How Do I Make My Tires Last Longer?
When When you buy a new vehicle or a new set of tires for your current vehicle, there is nothing like the experience of a quiet drive and confident traction. Unfortunately, that experience doesn’t last forever. Road noise begins to...
How Does My Car Monitor Tire Pressure?
You’re You’re driving home from work and your steering wheel begins to pull. It gradually gets worse, then you hear a thump-thump-thump noise. You stop on the side of the highway to investigate, only to find you’ve got a flat...