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High pitched Squeaking/squealing when turning right.

Hello, I have a 2006 Chevy Impala with 163000 miles. 2 months ago I had my rack and pinion replaced (brand new) as well as my brake pads(front and back). Last month I noticed a very high pitched squealing/ squeak noise whenever I turn right. It's getting worse now. Never happens when I turn left. Any idea of what that is? And where it might be coming from?


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Hello, I have a 2006 Chevy Impala with 163000 miles. 2 months ago I had my rack and pinion replaced (brand new) as well as my brake pads(front and back). Last month I noticed a very high pitched squealing/ squeak noise whenever I turn right. It's getting worse now. Never happens when I turn left. Any idea of what that is? And where it might be coming from?
I'm thinking you have a rock trapped between the brake rotor and the vacuum plate which can tend to squeal under the side loading caused by steering. Inspect for that first. After that, I'm thinking wheel bearing.

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Just checked it out, no rock between them on either side. And abs and traction control light have come on a couple of weeks ago and went off


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Just checked it out, no rock between them on either side. And abs and traction control light have come on a couple of weeks ago and went off
My next thought is a brake pad sensor, but if you have new pads, I doubt that's the case.

When you were inspecting for a rock, did you notice the clearance between the rotor and the vacuum plate? I've seen the plates get slightly bent which can cause them to rub the rotor and cause squealing.

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You know, I just started noticing a similar noise. It's like a squeak/squeal coming from the front drivers side wheel - and only when going really slow and turning the wheels at the same time (may even be just when backing up). I've been noticing it after pulling out of my garage (in reverse) and turning the wheels after outside the garage.... Haven't really looked into yet, but not quite sure what it would be. Brakes and rotors are new. Could this be a hub going (both mine and the OP's issue)?

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You know, I just started noticing a similar noise. It's like a squeak/squeal coming from the front drivers side wheel - and only when going really slow and turning the wheels at the same time (may even be just when backing up). I've been noticing it after pulling out of my garage (in reverse) and turning the wheels after outside the garage.... Haven't really looked into yet, but not quite sure what it would be. Brakes and rotors are new. Could this be a hub going (both mine and the OP's issue)?
I can't rule it out. But in my experience, most of the squeaking and squealing was in the brake sensors or vacuum plate.

With hubs, I usually hear a lower pitch, almost grinding sound.

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Ok, thanks Doug. I'll have to take a closer look. I definitely shouldn't be anywhere near the rotors touching the brake pad "squealers" and don't think there is anything stuck between the rotor and vacuum plate (I only get the squeak at very low speeds and even then, not all of the time). But I'll see if I can figure out where the noise is coming from. In my case, it may even be related to the steering and not the wheels turning.

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So get this, I hope I can add a bit of info. Are we sure it's not a warped rotor hitting the pad as it makes its rounds? On my 06 Monte (Impala coupe) the left front (seems common, huh) seems to make a metal-on-metal scratching sound on a hard right turn. Sometimes bouncy low speed rights, sometimes hard rights.

After the car is driven a minute or two, and a couple of stops later, the rubbing stops. There's a vibration, even in the steering wheel, above 55. Front rotors; warped to death, and they're just over a year old. You guessed it, out of warranty.

Friend with an Impala said he knew another Impala owner with the slotted rotors - thought it would help the problem. Nope, warped them on a schedule just like always.

Moral of the story, take off the wheel and spin the rotors. See if you can notice anything amiss. On the flip side, maybe even have someone turn them for cheap, and see if that changes anything. If not, or if they're in your budget, spring for the rotors! (If that's the case.)
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I'm just seeing this, man guess what, I just made a new post about my rotors making metallic grinding noise.. After reading this you might have been right. All this time I'm thing it's the passenger front, it's the passenger back rotors... I will post picks in the morning


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You know, I just started noticing a similar noise. It's like a squeak/squeal coming from the front drivers side wheel - and only when going really slow and turning the wheels at the same time (may even be just when backing up). I've been noticing it after pulling out of my garage (in reverse) and turning the wheels after outside the garage.... Haven't really looked into yet, but not quite sure what it would be. Brakes and rotors are new. Could this be a hub going (both mine and the OP's issue)?

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you sure it's not the power steering pump squeaking at very slow speeds? like if I try to turn the wheels without moving first it will bog the motor rpms briefly then squeel quickly and stop after the car moves. mine's done that FOREVER. i've learned to just let the car roll before turning the wheel if possible and it doesn't do it nearly as bad if at all.
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Definitely not the power steering pump. I can turn the wheels back and forth while not moving and it never happens. Only seems to happen when do low-speed turns with the wheels fully turned. Even then it's kind of hard to hear and doesn't happen all of the time. When it happens, it almost sounds like the brake squealer, but I have almost brand new rotors and pads, so...

My issue is VERY minor. I just need to pull the wheel and take a look - probably something very minor.

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I pulled my front-drivers side wheel today to inspect it and I see absolutely nothing that would cause the intermittent squeak I get when going slow with the wheels turned. The only thing that I can think of is the wheel bearings... I guess worn wheel bearings could also be the cause of the "roughness" when braking hard too I guess? It's hard to explain - if I have to brake hard, the brakes just don't feel as smooth as they should be. They did this before I replaced all rotors and pads and still do it after - which leads me to believe it's not *really* the brakes that are causing the "roughness" - but maybe the bearings?

ANy thoughts on the bearings causing both of these issues? Again, squeaking is VERY minor and doesn't happen all of the time. Just a little "squeak, squeak" when backing out of my garage with the wheels turned all of the way...

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