VDJ76 Squeeling Noise from front end. A little help please.

Submitted: Thursday, Apr 14, 2011 at 21:58
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Hey Everyone,

We are in Alice Springs at the moment, on the road full time, and have a dry seal/squeeling noise from the front end of the cruiser. Its a 10 model with 16000 on the clock.

I have had in to Toyota after driving from Mt Isa to here, very wet and a few flooded road crossings, and after a week and a half pulled apart the LHS and RHS hubs and replaced all the seals. Problem fixed.

Just come back from doing the rock, Kings canyon etc and the squeel is back. We did some extremely shallow crossings today, about 10 inches. Seems as though when ever I do a little water work the squeel appears and stays. It's not engine related as the noise is not evident when stationary, only when moving. The noise is loud enough to hear when the windows are down and dissapears when slowing for a roundabout or intersection.

Any ideas or experiences?

This has cost a small fortune in accommodation waiting for Toyota to repair. Should I take it back to them? or go up the road to Katherine or Darwin? I hear that Peter Kittels here in Alice has not got the best reputation.

Feedback appreciated. Thanks
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Reply By: Shaker - Thursday, Apr 14, 2011 at 22:21

Thursday, Apr 14, 2011 at 22:21
What happens if you very gently touch the brake pedal?
Have you checked that it doesn't have a dragging disc pad?
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Follow Up By: ptnuske - Friday, Apr 15, 2011 at 11:19

Friday, Apr 15, 2011 at 11:19
Hey Shaker,
Yeah, been through all that. I had a look at the hubs this morning and find it hard to understand how water can get into them. The felt wiper around the radius looks good.

I might try to fit a new set of pads????

This is frustrating me!!!!

Thanks mate.
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Reply By: Member - Tony (ACT) - Friday, Apr 15, 2011 at 06:07

Friday, Apr 15, 2011 at 06:07
I was thinking along the same lines as above. Going through water with hot breaks, the rotors may have warped a bit, and could be rubbing.
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Reply By: nick b - Friday, Apr 15, 2011 at 09:14

Friday, Apr 15, 2011 at 09:14
Gooday ttnuske : there are some very good mechanics in Alice , inregards to Kittels all big work shop have there problems , But it will cost you big time if you brake down out of Alice or Darwin . So what i suggest is go around to Aice auto wreckers in George cres - near train station - ask for Chris or Deb ask them , who you can take it to , i can recommend them for good advice . ps tell then that Nicholas - SA - sent you . Good luck
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Reply By: Member - Peter (1) - Friday, Apr 15, 2011 at 12:05

Friday, Apr 15, 2011 at 12:05
G'day ptnuske,
I don't know if this will help, but earlier this year, pulling out of Mundrabilla on the Eyre Hwy., I encountered a squealing sound coming from the front right of the vehicle. It sounded like a bit of wire or branch caught in the framework and dragging on the ground, but on inspection nothing was found. This happen several times when I would stop and check and then take off again, after a couple of hundred metres the squeal would start again.
After about 50 kms. of this I pulled into a parking area ready to take off the wheel and do a thorough inspection but thought I would check one last time before removing wheel. As I was looking, I pulled back a metal cover over the brake disc and a half worn pebble fell out. It had been kicked up from the gravel driveway of the service station and caught in an indentation of the metal disc cover and would squeal against the disc as the wheel rotated.
The vehicle is a 2008 Rodeo (one of the last before the Colorado) but could happen to any vehicle with a metal cover protecting the brake disc. Needless to say that I was very happy that it was nothing more than a pebble and not a CV joint.

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Follow Up By: member - mazcan - Friday, Apr 15, 2011 at 13:27

Friday, Apr 15, 2011 at 13:27
hi ptnuske
i second the above suggestion by peter 1

as i had the same experience when ireached the far end of kangaroo iland on the dirt road with a brand new vw golf 2005 and found a small stone wedged between protection backing plate and brake disc it was squealing intermittantly and i eventually took the wheel off and saw what was causing it flicked it out and no more noise
believe me it sounded so much like a major problem and yet was so simple to eradicate
that was the second time in my driving career i have had this same thing happen
cheers barry
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Follow Up By: Member - bungarra (WA) - Friday, Apr 15, 2011 at 20:49

Friday, Apr 15, 2011 at 20:49
I had a similar experience in my 79 series 'cruiser......many many 'kms from help and it is a terrible sound and makes you thjink you are in serious trouble........pulled the front wheel off and eventually found a very small iron stone pebble doing the noise and it was as hard as the bloody steel the discs were made of..........

look hard and maybe lay a ground sheet down when you start looking as if you dislodge it in the process of dismantling at least you may see it and feel relieved if the noise dissapears when it is all back together
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Reply By: den57 - Friday, Apr 15, 2011 at 15:11

Friday, Apr 15, 2011 at 15:11
Also had same problem and same thing, a small stone wedged in the stone guard on front disc. Happened after travelling on a dirt road.
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