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Old 04-29-2013, 07:56 AM   #1
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Squeal After Axle Change

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I had to change out my driver's side CV axle and I replaced it with a referbished one. I changed it out and now I have this squealing noise coming from that hub area. It's not loud, but annoyingly noticeable. I thought it may be brakes, but the noise doesn't change when I apply brakes. Does anyone have any ideas?


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Old 04-29-2013, 09:54 AM   #2
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Maybe you wheel bearing. Did you get that nut tight something like 250 lb-ft
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One idea that doesn't QUITE match you description would be to check the "dust shield" in case it got accidentally bent in the process. It's REAL easy to bump one while working there JUST enough so it makes contact with the rotor.

Hard to describe the noise that makes, but it COULD be described as a slight "squealing" noise...

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agreed... sometimes it will get bent in and just sit there riding on the rotor. It makes a god awful squeaking noise.
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i don't think there is a dust shield on the front. or i removed mine years ago and forgot it was on there. i would check the torque on the bearing again but it is possible the new CV is defective.

i would jack the car up and just leave it in gear to see if you can pin point the exact location of the squeal.
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Shucks! Me bad...

I've dealt with so MANY that had this issue, I forgot there wasn't one on my car!

Thanks for the reminder Mike_Mac.

ONE recent poster had this type noise from a brake pad that was hanging up, but if they weren't apart it wouldn't apply...

Keep looking close at it I guess, giving it a turn while jacked up as mentioned might help. I'd hate to think wheel bearing, wouldn't want to replace THAT on a guess... Only after narrowing it down to that for SURE.

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You know, I had a rock get stuck on top of my caliper one day that made a horrible screeching sound. I wouldn't call that one- not annoying.

Have you tried jacking the vehicle and rotating the wheel?
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I haven't had much of a chance to take a good look at it. Been busy with work. If I get home early enough tomorrow, I'll take a look. I torqued the spindle nut to 137 FT/LBs.

Edit: I found one reference that stated the front spindle nut should be torqued at 233 ft/lbs.
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i can look up the torque specs later, but i'm positive its in the 230-250 range. 137 its just way too low.
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I found the torque specs; 199ft/lbs for 05+, 233ft/lbs for 02-04. I also noticed that I didn't get the lower strut bolt tight enough so that was loose. Torqued and tightened everything and now the squeal is lessened, but still noticeable. I also got some brake cleaner because my rotor did get some grime on it. The only thing is, I can't use it on hot surfaces, so I will try and git R dun by Saturday.
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