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Re: i have a squeaking noise in the dash that sounds like...
Your more than likely correct. If your windshield starts to leak it get caught in your ac/heat ducts and in valleys under your dash and will slosh back and forth. Like the other guy suggested, check for moisture on the floor on either side and under the dash. If there is any at that level, than you have a leak up above it. There is alot of things for water to get trapped in under the dashboard when the leak ain't bad. By the time it gets bad it becomes harder to find the original location. Hope that helped.
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Common Car Noises and Their Likely Causes
Clicking noise while turning
Starts faint, gradually becomes more noticeable until very loud
Failed outer CV joint (constant velocity joint) due to torn boot (most likely) or old age
Replace either the whole axle assembly (recommended) or the outer CV joint
Water pump noises
Difficult to diagnose because of water pump's location
Noise usually caused by damage to the bearings in failed water pump
Only cure is replacing it. If possible do it at the same time as a timing belt replacement to cut down on labor costs
Squeak or squeal from an engine belt
Loud, high-pitched squeak or squeal
Belts either need adjustment or replacing
If belts only squeak when damp, they probably just need adjustment. If they squeak constantly, they probably need to be replaced
Exhaust heat shield noises
Rattle that you hear when car is idling
Damaged heat shield
Replace heat shield
Have your heating core checked. I have to replace a few of those in some vehicles and one of the major indicator was the sound of water going back and forth in the dash primarily on the passenger side.
Try using some type of lubricant on the pass through on the fire wall. If you look down under the dash by the break peddle you will see where the steering shaft goes through the firewall. Get a litium grease to spray between the shaft and the rubber groumet that it goes through. Not a whole bunch but enough. spray it a little then trun the wheel back and forth then do it again.
This should solve the problem, If it's the noise that I have been encountering lots at work.
If you have pads that are making noise and they have alot pad left if you can take the pads off and clean the with a peice of sand paper on flat ground and just run it back and forth enough to resurface pad.Clean the pads with brake cleaner.soapy water will also work and let em dry before you reinstalled.
More likely this is a wheel bearing or CV joint than suspension components.
One good indication is if, when your making a right turn or accelerating, there is a shudder or shaking in the steering wheel then its likely a wheel bearing.
Another good indicator can be found when you jack up the suspicious wheel. Put one hand on the top of the wheel and one on the bottom and pull back and forth. If the wheel makes a clunking noise and moves in either direction, then wheel bearing is shot.