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Squeak coming from front end?

Posted: Tue Apr 04, 2017 2:59 pm
by cctop
I've got an intermittent high-pitched squeak coming from the front end.

It sounds kind of like the squeal of brake pads getting low, except it's quiet and it goes away after about a minute.

It may in fact be the brakes but I've had the e-Golf only a year and I'd expect the brakes to last longer than average because of the regeneration.

The problem is that it's intermittent -- it only happens when the car is cold, usually for a bit after I start driving in the morning, but it's slowly getting more frequent.

I took it to the dealer who of course could not reproduce it and wouldn't take off the wheels to check the brakes before hearing it themselves.

Anybody had something similar?

Re: Squeak coming from front end?

Posted: Tue Apr 04, 2017 7:52 pm
by Verkehr
The brakes make some noise with the wheel turned pulling out of the garage. Suspension also squeaks over speed bumps.

Neither would be noticeable on an ICE car... no worries here.

Re: Squeak coming from front end?

Posted: Thu Apr 06, 2017 4:05 pm
by Hetz8500
I've had a similar experience with my 2015 SEL. It only seems to happen when it's "colder" out (below 50F here in LA) and at low speeds under 15-20mph and in the mornings or after work when the car has been sitting parked for several hours. I, too, mentioned to dealer and they could not reproduce it at their lot so they didn't do anything. I'm not too concerned.

Re: Squeak coming from front end?

Posted: Mon Feb 03, 2020 5:29 pm
by bsanut
Same problem.

Re: Squeak coming from front end?

Posted: Tue Feb 04, 2020 11:20 am
by JoulesThief
Obviously, Volkswagen considers this a "feature". The brake pads are just occasionally noisy.

Re: Squeak coming from front end?

Posted: Mon Feb 10, 2020 12:17 pm
by BomBoi
i am too getting the noise from the brakes and going over low speed bumps.

Re: Squeak coming from front end?

Posted: Mon Oct 04, 2021 9:46 am
by BluEV
Yup, getting the same problem everyone here is describing on both my 2015 and 2017 eGolf SE's (can you tell I'm a fan?!) :
- Squeak coming from front end
- Intermittent
- Slow speeds
- Cold temp
- Dealer can't / won't do anything about it

I prefer single-pedal driving in "B" or high-regen mode rather than "D" so would think this would cause less wear and tear on the brake pads but still getting this problem.

I just completed the 30k service on the 2017 eGolf which included a brake fluid flush yet the problem still persists. They said the brake pads were fine and didn't need changing.

Could the squeak be coming from the motor itself from wear and tear? (if so this could explain why the dealer is hesitant to do anything about it)

Has anyone been successful in getting rid of the squeaks? The squeaks are kinda embarrassing when driving to pick up the kids at school :shock:

Re: Squeak coming from front end?

Posted: Mon Oct 04, 2021 2:42 pm
by f1geek
I suspect brakes or suspension is making your car's squeak. For brakes, I would find an empty section of road, drive car up to 40 mph and slam on the brakes super hard to bring the car to a stop. Repeat this two more times. Then drive normally to cool of the brakes. See if this fixes the issue. If not, I would suspect suspension creaking - could it be a spring rubbing somewhere? Probably tough to quiet a noisy spring. I do not believe driving mode matters.