93 SL1 front-end squealing

Discussion in 'Saturn S-series' started by rekuci, Sep 21, 2006.

  1. rekuci

    rekuci Guest

    My '93 SL1 (automatic) with 150k miles recently started making a
    high-pitched and loud squealing that seems to come from the front of
    the car at the drivers side, but it's hard to be sure. So far it only
    makes the sound when the car is cold, immediately after starting to
    drive, and especially when cornering with load placed on the drivers
    side (i.e. left turns). It seems to be getting a bit worse each day,
    but it's also been getting colder.

    I could only find one thread where several people said they had exactly
    this problem, but no one was able to get a shop to diagnose it
    (especially since you'd have to drive it to the shop and by then it
    wouldn't make the noise anymore, you'd have to let it sit overnight).

    The front brake pads are near their end, could this be the wear sensor
    or does that sound when NOT braking (I've never heard one before so
    don't know what to expect)? Or could it be the suspension, engine
    mounts, or even a belt? Just want to make sure it's nothing
    immediately seriously, because I wanted to take the car on a trip 3
    hours away this weekend.

    Thanks for any suggestions.
    rekuci, Sep 21, 2006
  2. rekuci

    JJ Guest

    Probably front brake pads.
    JJ, Sep 22, 2006
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