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For a little while now, I've had a squeaking sound on my truck. It happens when going almost any speed, and does NOT occur when actually hitting the brakes, in fact it goes away when I do hit the brakes, and comes back when I release them (this is all while the truck is moving forward at most any speed). The funny thing also, is that it will change pitch/be present on and off when I am cornering; I tested this while I was on the highway with my drivers window down and swerving left and right very slightly. It also does not go away after driving for a little while, comes on randomly, etc so I can't pin it to any specific conditions.

A couple weeks back I put the summer tires/wheels on, which could (but most likely is not) the problem if one of my wheels lugnut(s) is loose and the disk brake is hitting the brake pads intermittently while cornering because of the looseness. I need to check the lugnuts tonight, although I don't expect any problems. I also just recently removed ALL the brake pads and put some 'brake disk quiet' goop on the backside to solve what I thought was the problem, which it isn't unless I didn't do it correctly/apply enough.

What do you guys think? It wouldn't be wheel bearings I would assume because that would produce a bad rumbling sound and would grow in volume the faster I went.
 

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Well this is what I got from that.....

A turning wheel squeaks, suspension position changes the squeak's pitch. So it is either weight/load related or phyisical position related.

The first thing I would do is remove wheel and look for ware marks.

If your found nothing I would try and take that brake caliper out of the loop some how. (IE: remove brake line and cap it off with a bolt. remove caliper and test)

If noise is still there, its not the brakes. If it is gone, brake related, maybe try new brake pads.

Is this coming from both sides? Or just from one wheel?
 

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I think you need to grease the sliders and carriages on your calipers. I also go w/new pads at this point since you'll have the old ones in your hand.
 

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i had almost the same kind of problem heck it was squeaking when i'd get in and out of the truck

it ended up being the bushings on thef ront sway bar; lubed them up and never heard it again. might be good idea to check those too some silicone grease and you should be good
 

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It sounds like the wear indicators on the brake pads letting you know it's time for new brakes. When the brakes are off, they just barely rub the rotor making the squealing sound. When you apply the brakes they contact the rotor with more pressure and don't squeal anymore.
 

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Sorry I didn't mention this before, but I replaced all the brake pads last fall, and they have tons of life left. Maybe it's just the new brake pads composition. At the time I did that, I greased all the sliders and everything down there too. It's confusing me. I might try looking for scraping from something I wasn't expecting, or will try the sway bar bushings too.
 

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It sounds like the same issue I have. i did the same thing as you with the brake lube and checked for any rubbing going on. Still have the squeak. I will try lubing up the bushings on the sway bar to see what that does.
 

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Try squirting some ruglyde (the stuff they use when mounting tires) on all the rubber suspension components. Anything rubber for that matter. Great for (clean) tires.
 

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Squeeking Since New

My truck sqeeks just rolling out of my driveway in the morning - no brakes applied. Putting the brakes on when I get towards the end of the driveway causes the same sqeeking noise. This has been happening since it was almost new. It now has 2300 miles on it. I thought it would go away.

In fact, the truck sqeeks every time I apply the brakes as well. Getting in the truck after work and I pull away causes the sqeeking to occur. It does go away rolling forward, but will continue every time I apply the brakes.

It's driving me crazy! But barely any time to go to the dealership to have it looked at.
 

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parking brake?

I have the same problem - squealing when going slow-med speed, brakes not applied yet squeal goes away when brakes are applied. The usual culprit of this type of squealing (pads making slight contact with rotor and vibrating around in the caliper) can be remedied by cleaning/greasing up everywhere the brake pads touch the caliper and doing the same with the slide pins (with appropriate brake parts grease). However, I did that to all 4 corners with no success on my Frontier.

I have a feeling the issue is coming from the parking brake pads/shoes. I'll take a look on Saturday and let you guys know what I find out.
 

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try to determine the type of noise, if it souns like brake pads squealing that is what it is ,in the morning all my brakes squale then the noisd goes away, i did use the anti squael glue, make sure your rear brakes are grabbing tight, if not your front brakes will be overworking, also what are your front brake pads made out of, my truck brand new oem pads had to much metale in them they where teering up the rotors, ichanged to basic cheap nonmetalic brake pads
 

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try to determine the type of noise, if it souns like brake pads squealing that is what it is ,in the morning all my brakes squale then the noisd goes away, i did use the anti squael glue, make sure your rear brakes are grabbing tight, if not your front brakes will be overworking, also what are your front brake pads made out of, my truck brand new oem pads had to much metale in them they where teering up the rotors, ichanged to basic cheap nonmetalic brake pads
the bendix mk333IQ pads i put on my truck are super quiet. improved braking also.
 

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I have had the same exact problem. Replaced rotors, pads, and flex lines last winter.
I took the truck to the dealership, and the tech said that one of the pistons on the RF caliper was moving b/c the brake pad was worn into a wedge. Then he told me that it was probably one of the SS flex lines b/c they have a smaller I.D. than stock and that he has seen some problems with them. Then he told me that it might need more than that. ? Cost was $100just for this "diagnosis".
I was wondering if the original poster ever solved the problem. I may wind up just getting a new RF caliper, since I don't understand how a brand new flex line with a lifetime warranty can cause one piston in a brake caliper to move.
 

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I have had the same exact problem. Replaced rotors, pads, and flex lines last winter.
I took the truck to the dealership, and the tech said that one of the pistons on the RF caliper was moving b/c the brake pad was worn into a wedge. Then he told me that it was probably one of the SS flex lines b/c they have a smaller I.D. than stock and that he has seen some problems with them. Then he told me that it might need more than that. ? Cost was $100just for this "diagnosis".
I was wondering if the original poster ever solved the problem. I may wind up just getting a new RF caliper, since I don't understand how a brand new flex line with a lifetime warranty can cause one piston in a brake caliper to move.
Nope, I never solved the problem. It just stopped bothering me very much :)
 

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This sounds like the classic Frontier squeak that occurs in the leaf springs.

Search the board, we've all struggled with it. :)

Good luck.
 

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took my 2010 KC SE V6 into the dealer yesterday and told them about Nissan NTB11-021 for brake noise. They ended up resurfacing the front rotors and replaced the pads. Cleaned and ruffed up the rear. Real cold now in Atlanta and no more squeal for now. Will see if they last. This was warranty work, no pay! 15,236 miles on truck.
 
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