I have a 2001 Dodge Neon in pretty much mint tip top condition with a 2.0liter engine (standard). It has close to 100k mileage, but its still going strong. However, lately there has been a weird kind of screeching/squealing coming from the front driver-side tire, almost like a brake squeal, but the pads are fairly new, yet could be replaced I suppose. Yet this sound happens when I'm not braking mostly, at low speeds, and in lighter low speed braking as well. When I brake hard the sound will pretty much go away depending on what speed I'm at. The sound kind of reminds me of when you pinch the lips of a blown up balloon and let the air out slowly as to annoy your siblings and friends at birthday parties. Since then I have begun to listen for it when it happens, which is intermittent it would seem. Yet a much lighter squeak that seems to coincide with the rotation of the wheels has also picked up, and can be heard clearer as I drive next to other vehicles or walls, etc, another noise that seems to mostly only happen, at least at my ear's vantage point during lower speeds. This second lighter squeal appears to come from the passenger-side wheel area but that may not be the exact source. I'm not sure if this is shocks, brakes, or joint-related. I've sprayed brake- cleaner in the spots I could reach, but we all know that won't take any dust build up off the pad-rotor lining completely. Any insight?
also if you need a picture of the pads, I can take one and post it. See if you think they're too far worn.
Be sure to check and see if my donation went through as well. If you guys can provide an answer soon, then it'd be well worth it.
Monday, May 7th, 2007 AT 3:08 PM