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Old 04-17-2013, 16:05   #1 (permalink)
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Hi everybody, I have a couple questions about my little brother's 96 GT. He is getting a very annoying squeak from the right rear wheel that is consistent with the wheel speed. His father in law has been a mechanic for 25 years and after looking at the rear brakes on the car, told him that his rotor was warped pretty bad and that was causing the squeak. Today, I installed brand new rotors and pads on the rear of the car, just to find that the squeak was still present. Everything is tight and mounted properly. This leads me to believe that he either has a bad wheel bearing or possibly a bent axle? I never thought of the wheel bearing because in my experience, a bad wheel bearing will growl or hum rather than squeak. And I would imagine that a bent axle would cause a "wobble" while driving, yet the car rides smooth as glass and the tires are wearing evenly.
So I guess my questions are:
1. Which of the two would be more likely, bearing or axle?
2. Does this car have re-packable bearings or will the entire hub need replaced?
Looking forward to hearing your opinions/suggestions. Thanks
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He also just informed me that the squeaking goes away while the brakes are applied, but comes right back as soon as he lets off the pedal...
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the squeaking goes away while the brakes are applied, but comes right back as soon as he lets off the pedal
That confirms it is a wheel bearing. It also change or go away turning either left or right as the weight of the car shifts from one wheel to the other.
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..but also check the lower control arm bushes. If it's them you should be able to get it to sqeak by bouncing the rear suspension or rocking the car while parked.
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Old 04-18-2013, 04:10   #5 (permalink)
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Also check the pads are sliding freely in calliper , piston is free and handbrake cable / linkage is free also .
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