Squeaking Sound When Turning Right: What’s the Cause?

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Robert Barbara Miller asked 6 months ago
I've got a bit of a puzzler with my 2006 Subaru Impreza Sedan. Whenever I turn my steering wheel slightly to the right, I hear a squeaking/squealing sound that's distinctly different from a belt squeal – it's higher-pitched and not a whirring sound. Interestingly, this sound seems to come from the front driver's side wheel, not from under the hood, and it doesn't occur when turning left. Any insights on what might be causing this?
1 Answers
Zack Norman Staff answered 6 months ago
Hi there, Robert! Thanks for reaching out with your concern! It's great that you've noticed such specific details about the noise (this makes diagnosing and troubleshooting the issue much easier!); it helps in narrowing down the potential issues. Based on your description, here are a few possibilities:
  1. Power Steering Fluid: Sometimes, a squeaking sound when turning could be due to low power steering fluid. However, as you mentioned, the noise is specific to one direction, which makes this less likely.
  2. Wheel/Tire Contact: It's possible that your wheel or tire is rubbing against something in the wheel well. This could be checked by turning the wheel in both directions and inspecting the area for any signs of contact or wear.
  3. Suspension Components: The issue might lie in the suspension components, like the control arm bushing or ball joint, especially if the noise is more apparent when the vehicle is in motion.
  4. Brake Pads or Wheel Hub: Given the age and mileage of your vehicle, worn brake pads or a bad wheel hub bearing could be culprits. Although you mentioned your brake pads are relatively new, it's worth double-checking their condition.
  5. CV Boot: Constant Velocity (CV) boots that are damaged or leaking could also cause such sounds, particularly in front-wheel-drive cars like yours.
Since the noise doesn't occur while the car is parked and happens only in motion, it's less likely to be related to the power steering system. A detailed check of the wheel well and suspension components while the car is on a lift would be ideal. For accurate diagnosis, it might be necessary to have a professional mechanic take a look. They can perform a physical inspection and possibly even a test drive to pinpoint the exact cause of the squeak. Hope this helps, and feel free to reach out with any more questions! Zack - Motor Verso Mechanics Team