2001 Nissan Maxima Noise from front wheel(s)

  • 6 CYL
  • 2WD
  • 125,000 MILES
Our Nissan Maxima (20th Anniv Ed.) Makes a metal rubbing/grinding sound out of the front tires. Sometimes when I turn to the left or right, the high pitched noise goes away. When at higher speed, the sound does go away. I checked the brake pads and the indicators are not hitting (replaced brakes about 15,000 miles ago). I'm guess it's the wheel bearing but I'm not sure. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.
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Friday, August 14th, 2009 AT 2:47 PM

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Hello -

First, thanks for letting us know it is a 20th Ann Ed. I do need a little more info though if you don't mind. Please tell me if your model is the GLE, GXE or SE also what is your engine size in liter.

Do you have disc all the way around or drum on the back.

Do you know if the sound is coming off of one side or both..........

How long ago did this start.........

When you changed the pads did you turn or replace the rotors?

Does it feel like the tires are dragging............

After the car is sitting and the rotors are cold.....take off and then press on the brake to come to a stop.........then drive around the block and when you get home see if the rotors are really hot....please be careful not to burn yourself....what I am looking for here is to see if one or both of your brake hoses have collapsed internally and keeping pressure against the pads....just enough to drag and cause the noise.

Have you tried jacking the car up and rotating the wheel on one side to see if anything is dragging, clicking, rubbing, if it rotates freely or it feels like it is binding.........I suggest doing this one at a time........

Have you inspected the pads really good to make sure the pad retainers, outer/inner shim and shim cover have not slipped in some way or a small piece broke off or bent?


As you turn also listen to your CVs....are the boots torn at all.........look around the axles for anything that may have broken off and hitting them as you rotate the tire.........

I know it makes the sound when driving........does it still make the sound if you take off and about 20 mph put the car in neutral and coast.....does it still make the sound?

Does it do it in reverse

Look under the bottom really good to include the cover plate where the flywheel is to see if it is dented...that is a curb was hit etc......

Let me know what you find out.

Thanks and hope you have a great day.
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