First time here, but long time listener, hoping to get some forum expertise–
So I drive a 98 Honda, 118k miles, and for last month I’ve got a really strange noise coming from my front passenger side wheel. It happens when I apply the brakes, usually at a slow speed, slowing down from something like 30mph to a stop. When slowing down, if I have just a bit of pressure on the brake, the noise seems to go along with the speed of the wheels. It also happens when I accelerate from a stop. I can only describe it as a kind of creaking noise, almost like it is coming from the spring. Sometimes it sounds a little tinny, sometimes not so much. I don’t think its actually in the suspension, because it doesn’t make noise if I go over speed bumps or press down on the fender. Brake pads have a good amount of pad left on them.
My hunch is that it might have something to do with the fact that I hardly ever drive anymore, somewhere around 10-20 miles a week, back and forth to the subway essentially (fair amount of time driving down banked turns in a parking garage if that adds any info). My dad knows a decent amount about cars, but he isn’t sure what is going on, though he thinks it nothing dangerous. Stange wheel noises always make me wary though.
I have looked around online, but could not find anything that sounded like the same issue. Anyone have any idea what it could be?