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Squeaking from wheel area

2002 ford explorer. The car was fine when I drove it yesterday, but today there is a very noticeable sqeak from the front drivers side wheel area, only when turning to the right. Gets louder and more constant with higher speed. I just replaced my hub assembly a couple weeks ago. What might this be, and how urgent is a repair? Thanks for the help.

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  • jason740 May 20, 2009

    if it were the brakes, wouldn't it squeak all the time, not just during a right turn?

  • Anonymous May 24, 2009

    whenever i turn in either direction, i hear a loud almost to a grind sometimes coming from the front wheel. no noticeable grease so i dont think it is a wheel bearing. brakes were replaced about 6000 mile ago. this is an f-150

  • its420_us May 11, 2010

    Not necessarily. If your brakes are a little loose, they can can move as you turn and cause squeaking. If they're tight, they won't move and shouldn't squeak.

  • carlinux May 11, 2010

    Did you replace the wheel bearing?

  • its420_us May 11, 2010

    You just replaced the hub/bearing. I would check the brakes themselves. Bleeding your brake system may cure the issue.

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If you replaced the hub assembly did you make sure to lube your wheel and hub bearings? I would also try to lube that entire side of the car as well. Tie Rod ends can make a squeel as well so just make sure to grease anything in that general area. If it is a clunking noise or a squeeling when you turn it may be your axle shaft installed wrong and those little splines on the end can get rubbed off real fast causing heat and noise problems real fast. If all this checks you may want to look into a possible rack and pinion problem or maybe a steering gear. I would lubricate everything first though. Good Luck!

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