Squealing when cornering

Tiny
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  • 2006 VOLKSWAGEN GOLF
  • 2.0L
  • 4 CYL
  • 2WD
  • MANUAL
  • 280,000 MILES
When cornering at low speeds I hear a squeal/squeak coming from the front left wheel. Sounds similar to squealing brakes. The pads are only 6 months old. The CV joints have been done.
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Friday, October 16th, 2020 AT 10:29 PM

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Tiny
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Hi,

It could be a few things. I need you to try something. See if the sound changes when you apply the brakes. Even though they are only 6 months old, it could be a sensor touching. Also, take notice if it happens only in one direction.

Next, when driving straight, do you hear anything? For example, do you ever notice a low humming or growling noise when driving straight?

One other thing, behind the brake rotor is a backing plate. Check to see if it is touching the rotor. It isn't hard to bend them. Also, they can rust and touch. I'm not sure if you are in an area where rust is an issue.

Do these things and let me know what you find. Also, let me know if you can lift one wheel off the ground at a time, and if it is loud enough for you to record and upload so I can hear it.

Take care,

Joe
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Saturday, October 17th, 2020 AT 8:19 PM
Tiny
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Hi, and thanks for the reply.
The brakes are good and there is no noise when they are applied. The squeal happens when turning both right and left but only when doing slight cornering with no load on the car (ie. No acceleration or braking, just coasting around a roundabout. I have inspected and cleaned the brake rotor and checked the pads. The baking plate is also clear.

I'm beginning to wonder if it's a worn bush or suspension issue!

Cheers, Pete.
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Saturday, October 17th, 2020 AT 8:50 PM
Tiny
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Often times a worn bushing will make more of a creaking sound. I'm wondering if it is a wheel bearing. Can you tell which side it comes from or is it both? Have you lifted the front wheels and checked for play in the wheel?

Joe
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Saturday, October 17th, 2020 AT 10:38 PM
Tiny
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The noise is only coming from the front passenger side.
Do you mean play in the steering wheel? Or checking for play in the actual wheel?
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Saturday, October 17th, 2020 AT 10:51 PM
Tiny
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Hi,

Okay, that is where we will focus. What I need you to do is lift that wheel off the ground (safely) and see if there is any play in the bearing. Place your hands on opposite sides of the wheel and wiggle to see if you find play.

Also, while that wheel is off the ground, spin it back and forth to see if you can hear anything.

Let me know.
Joe
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Sunday, October 18th, 2020 AT 8:04 PM

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