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Squeaking and/or grading noise on the right front of a corolla


I own a Corolla 2003 with 40K. From time to time, when moving downhill I can hear a squealing and/or griding noise that comes from the right front of the car. The brake pads are ok, there is no oil leaking etc, What could be the problem?

I heard that there is some problem with the belt assembling of the water pump in this model. Is that true?

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  • emammendes Jan 04, 2009

    Many thanks for the reply. I know that it is harder to poinpoint a problem from inside the car. My concern is that I have just bought the car and I didn't hear the noise when testing the car, It is more of a griding noise.


  • Anonymous Feb 03, 2009

    exact same thing happened to my 2003 corolla today,back right hand side. squealing sound and the sound of metal-as though some part needs to be oiled



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Not trying to be a wise guy Ed, but it is really hard to diagnose a noise from inside the car itrslef, much less when it's going downhill

What has me concerned Ed is that it only happens "from time too time", and it has two different noises.....a grinding is usually metal against metal...a squealing would make me think a rubber "something" was rubbing......but where?

My advise Ed is this........if you feel safe driving it, and you can put up with the "squealing/grinding"
noise....then don't fix what ain't broke. Otherwise, if it bothers you enough that you fear for your safety, or the safety of others, make an appointment right away at where you take the vehicle for being diagnosed and repaired.

I know it wasn't much help Ed, but thanks for giving us at a chance to work for you.

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  • Terry Engel Jan 04, 2009


    If the problem was with the waterpump..I don't think you'd hear it until the belt let loose, or at least got really worn, then you'd hear that god awful screeching that could drive a Pidgeon to commit suicide.

    You said you just bought the car Ed, was it from a dealer that you bought it?..(praying)...if it was a dealer, in every state the laws reguarding auto sales differ greatly, but you might want to take it back to them, and tell them about the noise.

    This I do know about dealers, no matter the state laws, they all hate bad advertising, especailly mouth to mouth, so chances are they'll fix it Ed.

    When you take it there Ed, make sure they check to see if you have a skateboarder stuck in the grill okay, just a little humor.

    Ed, the pads could be okay on your brakes, but the rotor, or caliper could be causing you the problem, I know for sure it's nothing to do with your oil, there you wouldn't hear anything.

    Let me know about the dealer thing okay.



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