1996 Volkswagen Jetta GL 4 Cyl 2.0L
Steering & Suspension
Bad wheel bearing or cv joint?
So I have had an ongoing issue with an almost constant squeak coming from my drivers side wheel. Thought it was my brakes but replacing the pads and rotors did not fix it. The sound begins once I have been driving a mile or two when things are warmed up and only stops when I press the brake pedal. There is no unusual movement from the wheel when raised and my cv boots are good, except on the pass side where one is ripped. Could the joint go bad without a ripped boot? Is my bearing bad? Sound diminishes on left turns. I'm at a loss, please help.
Several possibilities; faulty / dry wheel bearing, faulty / worn CV joint or axle bearing. The clue is; the noise stops when the brake pedal is pressed - this almost certainly is the wheel bearing - the brake application will 'load' the wheel bearing causing the noise to stop.