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Old 10-05-2013, 23:09   #1 (permalink)
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Mazda 121 98, squeeking front wheel.

Hello everyone, hoping this is the right place to post this.

Hello. I own a mazda 121, basically a ford focus with a mazda slapped on it and have recently noticed a sqeeking sound coming from my drivers side tire. It gets quicker whilst driving at speeds and does not go away when braking. At lower speeds in is slower and sounds more like a rubbing or grinding sound as if my tire is rubbing on something, I have taken a quick unqualified look at it and can't see any rubbing. I have had this problem many months ago and it just went with time. Any ideas? Thanks mike
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Re: Mazda 121 98, squeeking front wheel.

Sounds like it might be a wheel bearing.
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Re: Mazda 121 98, squeeking front wheel.

Could be " squealer " pads that are fitted .I.e

Some brake pads have a 'squealer' plate attached. This thin plate does not do anything until the pads become badly worn. Then the plate rubs against the rotor, squealing (emitting a high pitched singing noise) letting you know you need to replace the pads - before they damage the rotors. Without this feature, pads wear out then grind deep grooves in the rotors that then have to be resurfaced (ground smooth again if there is enough metal left) or replaced. So getting pads with this feature saves you from having to replace a set of expensive brake rotors.
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