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Brakes or bearing? Chevy Cavalier
I started getting this squealing noise from the front end of my car about a month ago. It started off so infrequent that I often just thought it was the car next to me making the noise. It then got frequent enough that I knew it was mine.
Just driving down the road it will squeal.. a sound not entirely unlike two metal plates sliding across each other.
The following is all while driving on the interstate: It will make this sound until I lightly press on the brakes. It will also, sometimes, go away temporarily when I switch lanes.
In town: I have to press on the brakes significantly harder in order to remove the sound and switching lanes or even 90 degree turns doesn't seem to make the noise go away (at least not all the time).
This is a '03 Cavalier. I first figured it was a bearing. I took off my left front tire and turned it as far as I could (while in park so about 10/15 degrees) and the sound seemed to be exactly the same as what I'd been hearing. I was going to take the right front off to compare but as I did so I sheared a bolt, got pissed, and walked away.
What do you all think? I tried asking a few of my car friends but none of them are available at the moment (or maybe I should put quotes around friends...).