Squeaking Noise When Turning Left or Right?

If you hear a squeaking noise when turning left or right, there are a few parts on your car you’ll want to inspect. Find out how to check the wheel bearing and brakes in this article and video to fix a squeaking sound when turning.

How to Inspect a Car That Makes a Squeaking Noise When Turning Left or Right

1A Auto mechanic reviewing why you can hear a scraping noise when turning left or right

Steps to inspect a car that is squeaking when turning

  1. Check the Wheel Hub

    Lift and secure the vehicle with a jack and jack stands. Spin the tire and listen for grinding, squeaking, or feel resistance. Grab the tire at the 12 and 6 o clock position and press it in and out, feeling for a loose wheel bearing

    More on how to inspect the wheel bearing

  2. Check the Backing Plate

    The backing plate can bend into the rotor and make a squeaking or scraping noise when turning left or right. Check that the backing plate hasn’t bent, and bend it back with pliers if needed.

    More on how to check the backing plate

  3. Check the Brake Rotor

    If the car has been sitting, you might find rust on the brake rotor. A rusted brake rotor can cause squeaking when turning, but this may stop once the brakes are “worn in.” Check the brake rotor for signs of heat scoring, which can indicate the pads are sticking, and being in constant contact with the rotor can cause a squeaking noise.

    If the rotor is too rusted or damaged, replace it with new brake pads.

    More on how to check the brake rotor

  4. Check the Brake Caliper

    Make sure the brake caliper hose isn’t twisted or damaged, which can cause a restriction on the rotor and brakes and make noises over time.

    More on how to check the brake caliper

  5. Check the Brake Pads

    Inspect the brake pad shim material. If the material has worn down to the squealing tab, the brakes can make noise. The squeal tab is designed to alert you that your brakes are almost worn. If the brake pad has no shim material, replace it.

    Check the brake pad for glossing over, which is a sign of and can make your car squeaking noise when turning left or right.

    If one of the pads is worn but not the other, there may be an issue with the way the pad was sitting, or there could be a problem with the pads sticking or frozen from bad slide pins.

    More on how to check the brake pads

  6. Check the Brake Pad Tins

    If the brakes are sitting unevenly. They can rattle and make noise and wear unevenly. The tins keep the pads in place.

  7. Check the Brake Caliper Bracket Slide Pins

    Remove the slide pins. The slide pins should slide easily in and out. If not, it may be causing your brakes to freeze and that can make squeaking noises. Make sure they’re not rusted and clean and replace or reinstall them as needed. and re-grease

    Check the boots. Squish them and check for ripping or tears. The boots keep outside elements from touching the slide pins. If the the pins collect moisture, for example, that can rust them out. Replace any torn boots

    More on how to check the brake caliper slide pins

How to Replace the Brakes

Replace the brakes on the other side

Whether replacing the brakes on the passenger or driver side at the front or rear, make sure the replace the brakes on the other side. Not doing so can cause a squeaking noise when turning and wear the brakes unevenly.

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