So, I have a 2007 Suzuki SX4, about 172,000 miles on it. Great little car. Love it. It’s the AWD Hatchback model.
I recently noticed that it’s been squeaking a bit. But only right at start up. In fact, it’s summer where I live, and A/C is required just about anytime you go anywhere, day OR night… so, it may have been going on a while without me noticing it. Certainly sometime since the last oil change (almost ready for a new one).
Tonight was typical… Start the car. Back out. Drive half a block to where there’s a stop sign. I hear squeaking when I step on the brakes. Take my foot off the brakes (just to test it) and I still hear squeaking.
I turn left from my side street onto a busier street, hear a bit of squeaking. It goes away. Then I go two more blocks, make a left turn onto an even busier street, where it squeaks LOUDLY while turning left. By the time I drive another six blocks, the noise is gone. Completely.
At first I wondered about the summer heat and the serpentine belt.
The squeaking while turning left made me wonder if it’s a stuck caliper.
The fact that it goes away after about a mile of driving makes me scratch my head.
Tonight, I did experiment a little. The car DOES pull – EVER SO SLIGHTLY – to the left. But I mean… just barely to the left. And that could’ve been because the particular road I was on (when I “over corrected” a little and aimed the steering wheel a lot more to the right, it started to drift right). Alignment was last done a little over a year ago. Maybe year and a half.
So… I know I should get this checked out. Just looking at what this might be. The fact that ALL squeaking goes away after about a mile of driving… that seems odd to me… (unless of course it’s the belt).