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I was on a trip with my family for a total of around 1,500 miles round trip. For about the last 600 miles of the trip the front end or something in the front was making a squeaking noise that seemed to get faster with the stopped of the car.the noise is not constant, but it is still there now. It does not do it when stopped or parked. It does sound like a squeaky belt, but did not do it when stopped. also when i hit 70mph or above the front seemed to have a small vibration or almost a slight grind.

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Get the alternator belt checked.If it looks worn out or loose or if its very old ,then yes it can make such noise when getting faulty.But if alternator belt checked out ok then the noise can be from fan motor not working properly.Check the cooling fan at radiator.Also check the shocks or control arm bushing a front end alignment might need to check.shockbreaker spring got dry between spring and the housing. Lubricate with grease, or cover the spring using house hose. Many squeaking noises are created when metal is contacting metal and a linear motion is introduced or when rubber is forced over a metal pulley. In general, a squeaking noise is trying to tell you there is a problem somewhere in the car. When metal is forced against each other combined with a linear motion a harmonic vibration (squeak) is created that is sometimes audible. In any squeak situation the location of the squeak is sometimes the hardest task to determine. If detection is difficult employ a helper to ride in the rear seat of the car to differentiate the noise origin. It can alternator belt,fan motor,brake pads,rotors,the bearing noise if the noise is heard like metallic noise. Thanks. Keep updated for any more query. You can rate this solution and show your appreciation.

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Hi, squeaking noises are created when metal is contacting metal and a linear motion is introduced or when rubber is forced over a metal pulley. In general, a squeaking noise is trying to tell you there is a problem somewhere in the car. When metal is forced against each other combined with a linear motion a harmonic vibration (squeak) is created that is sometimes audible. In any squeak situation the location of the squeak is sometimes the hardest task to determine. If detection is difficult employ a helper to ride in the rear seat of the car to differentiate the noise origin.
Squeaking noise can be caused by

  • Brake pad with noise warning sensor
  • Cracked multi rib belt
  • Brake pads and rotor
  • Axle bearing failure
  • Drive shaft U joint
  • Front brake rotor shield
You have to check one after the other to determine the cause of the noise

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