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[Vectra C] [02-08] Front left wheel making squeky noise

Discussion in 'Cavalier, Calibra, Vectra, Signum, Sintra & Insignia owners forum' started by ranaray, Jun 8, 2011.

  1. ranaray

    ranaray New Member

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    My car drives perfect in the city below 30 miles/hr without any trouble or noise.

    Problem: - However when I take it to a constant speed of 50 miles/hour for 2-5 minutes and then start gradually slow down either by changing gears or naturally slow down it starts making this squeaky sound. The sound is more from the left front side of the car. I took this to the garage and they changed the break pads and few wires. But the noise continues to appear under same conditions. However after new break pads the noise stops if I press my breaks.

    I brought my car second hand and one of the comments in the MOT certificate was - there is a minor leak in the power steering component. I don’t know if this is causing the squeak. I have checked that there is no oil drip where my car is parked overnight.

    My car is in top condition with no accident or major job in the past that may have caused this problem. This problem started after a couple of months since I brought this car.

    Please advice
     
  2. dean1979

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    I had a very similar problem on a corsa. Kwik fit, mot, no-one could work out what the sqeak was. I took the wheel off and wow my pads had virtually dissappeared (I was well annoyed with kwik fit, and the mot testers). Anyway changed and it stopped. My squeek was similar in the sense that it didnt matter if I was pressing the brakes or not.

    Maybe your brake piston doesnt fully retract when the servo kicks in until you push the brake, and so it rubs gently on the disc. Or even some of this leaky power steering fluid is dripping onto somthing. Or perhaps a wheel bearing?
     
  3. DarmonGeezer

    DarmonGeezer This Site is For Volvos, Right? VxON Club Member

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    There's a small metal "shield" that covers part of the hub, a bit like a disk shield but smaller; sometimes it starts pressing against the disk. Feel the inner side of the disk by hand, from the bottom, and you may find the shield touching the disk. If so, push a screwdriver between the disk and the shield and bend the shield back.
     
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    Hi my vectra c had the same problem but as i new the pads and discs were new as i had changed them myself not 2 mths earlier so as i investigated further it was the disc sheild rubbing against the disc i cured this the same way as the post above. Hope this solves your problem as there is nothing more annoying than a squeak
     
  5. ranaray

    ranaray New Member

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    Thx Dean - The garage checked the break piston and they say there is no problem with it. They have also rulesd out the power steering fluid drip. I guess its the wheel bearing as this happens only if I drive for a few minutes at 50+ and then gradually slowdown.

    My car is still in garage and hope they fix it.

    Thank you for your comment.
     
  6. ranaray

    ranaray New Member

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    Hi Darmon,

    I hope this is the problem, will let the mechanic know.

    Thx.
     
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    ranaray New Member

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    Thx Hearwiz,

    But my question is why will it not make any noise when I am driving in the city?

    Rana
     
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    my guess is the wheel bearing is on its way out.
     
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    Problem continues

    Hi Guys,

    Got my front wheel pads and discs changed. The mechanic also changed my left wheel bearing. Unfortunately the intensity of the squeky still remains the same.

    Recap :- City driving no problem. I take the car for a 2-3 minutes above 40 drive. Then gradually slow down or gradually break and the left front wheel starts squeking.
    :(
    Any advice will be appreciated.

    Regards,
    Rana
     

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