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Old 07-11-2013, 08:24 AM   #1
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Noise from passenger front wheel

Hi all,
Just recently I've had an inconsistent wheel noise coming from the front passenger side wheel area. The noise doesn't happen all the time, only if I've been driving for a little while, at around 15-20 mph and usually when going in a straight line. The noise is very loud and almost like a squeal or grinding type noise. I changed my brakes and rotors about a month and a half ago and I didn't break them in properly like I should have; could the rotor be toast already? I do drive the car hard, on ramps and off ramps are like treated like track turns haha it's an 04 zx3 D2.3 with only 52,XXX miles. I don't think it's a bearing, joint, or tie rod but that's why I'm asking. Would like to hear some ideas before I start tearing things apart

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Old 07-16-2013, 11:45 AM   #2
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rotor: have you pulled the wheel and inspected the rotor for scoring or glazing?

bearing: have you lifted the front end and yanked on the wheel to check for play? (That said...when my right-front bearing was going out, there was no play and it only made noise when driving straight < 35 MPH.)
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rotor: have you pulled the wheel and inspected the rotor for scoring or glazing?

bearing: have you lifted the front end and yanked on the wheel to check for play? (That said...when my right-front bearing was going out, there was no play and it only made noise when driving straight < 35 MPH.)
I haven't had a chance to pull the wheel off yet, going to do it this weekend. I've heard about checking for play to see if it is a bearing. When yours made noise, was it all the time under 35 mph? Like even as soon as you started driving in the morning or after the car was sitting for a while? I don't hear the noise all the time and when it does happen, it's only after I've been driving for a while; making me think that maybe the rotor is hot from braking (there's a lot of stop and go traffic where I'm at) and thus, something either with the pad or rotor is creating the noise.
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it was a couple of years ago, so I don't remember the details. My neighborhood has alot of curves, so I never noticed the noise until I was out on the main road, which is straight and smooth.

If you suspect that the rotor is overheating, then the next time it happens, pull over to a safe area and place your palm against the driver's side alloy wheel. Then, repeat on the passenger side and see if they're about the same temperature (discounting the summer sun).
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