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I have a 2015 Hyundai Elantra. Just today I noticed an inconsistent squeaking coming from the front of the car. Here are some things I've noticed so far:

  • It sometimes happens when just driving and goes away when tapping the brakes.

  • There is no squeaking when driving, but will sometimes squeek when tapping the brakes.

  • It sometimes squeaks when turning the steering wheel to the right.

  • It does not appear to be speed dependent. The squeaking doesn't get higher pitched when going faster, or lower pitched when going slower. It does not squeak when not moving.

I am bringing the car in tomorrow to be checked, but I am curious what people think, to see if it matches what the mechanic says.

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Could be a bad wheel bearing. Easy to check. Just jack the front of the car up getting the front tire completely off the ground and shake/rock it ( top to bottom not side to side) If it has play in it its a good chance its going or already gone bad. Also if the tread on the tire is more substantially worn than the other side than thats another indication of a wheel bearing going/gone bad

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I just got a text from the mechanic, apparently it is the brake squeal tabs.

I have never heard of these before, but after quick googling, they are real. I'm surprised the sound isn't consistent though. If a pad is so low that the tab is pressing up against the rotor causing squeal, why would it be so inconsistent? Well, I am heading to the mechanic to talk to them.

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    The devices are not precision items - so some inconsistency seems likely.
    – mike65535
    Commented Feb 20, 2019 at 18:58

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