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Old 03-23-2018, 11:48 AM   #1
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Help with squealing sound!

A week ago I bought my first Porsche, a 2000 Boxster S with 48k miles.

I cant seem to figure out what the squealing noise I am hearing intermittently.

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I hear it typically at speeds greater than 30mph. It 'goes away' when I brake and drop overall velocity below 30mph.

Loose Belt?
Wheel Bearing?

Any help at all would be appreciated!

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Old 03-26-2018, 10:57 AM   #2
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I had a friend help me pinpoint the source of the sound and it appears to come from the passenger front wheel well. So, maybe a bearing issue in the wheel hub??
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Old 03-26-2018, 11:36 AM   #3
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definitely seemed to change tone based on speed so would appear to be rotational. You can remove the panel behind the seats and start the car, should be really easy to tell with the panel removed if the sound is coming from the belts, tensioners, or pulley's. At least this could eliminate some possibilities.

however if the noise only happens while driving and is speed dependent it will be a little harder to diagnose
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Old 03-26-2018, 12:15 PM   #4
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Wheel Bearings; Jack each corner off the ground. Then grab hold of the tire and see if you have any movement or you feel/hear anything when you spin the wheel.

Belt; The belt won't be loose. It has a tensioner on it. Pull the belt off and spin each item and see if you hear/feel anything also.

Rotors; Are the brake pads glazed? Rotors warped? Small stones wedged into something?
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Worn bearings give a grinding or rumbling noise. Squealing is more likely worn out brake pads. The metal backing on the pads hit the disks and make a horrible squealing sound.
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FWIW - several years ago I developed a high pitched squeal/screech at the rt. rear of my '02 base. Definitely rotational and amplified when driving with a wall or concrete barrier to the right of the car. After checking brakes and finding no issues I replaced the rt. rear hub bearing as a last resort. That took care of the noise.
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Old 03-27-2018, 09:37 AM   #7
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Thank you for all the input, insight, and help on this. I have a mechanic in the car now working on identifying the issue. We are focusing on brakes and wheel bearings at this point.
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To close the loop on this, it turned out to be the wheel bearing.
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