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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-29-2012, 06:54 PM Thread Starter
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Question Squeal in front end

Have a squeal in the front; changed the front pads. Good thing as one lining had seperated. I know have good brakes but still get a squeal at low speeds (can't hear it due to pipes after 25 mph ). Bike has under 30,000 miles; what is more likely, wheel bearings or warped rotors?

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bearings are known togo remove front wheel and turn them by finger...if it is bearing you will feel them not operating smoothly if it fails while riding can get real nasty.
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Does the noise happen when the brakes are applied???
Wheel bearings don't usually squeal but they will grind or click when they start to go bad.
Just lift the front wheel off the ground and spin the wheel forward and backwards, if you hear a grind or click then the wheel bearings are going.
If the rotors are warp you will know because the front brake will pulse when applied. Warp rotors shouldn't make noise.
09 and later models have had issues with the front bearings.


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Wheel bearings won't squeal but can make a buzzing type noise while spinning. Like mentioned, get the wheel off the ground and spin it slowly with your hand on it, if it's bad you should feel it kinda bumpy if you will. If you can get it spinning fast you may be able to hear the noise. That's if it's a bearing. If it's a brake noise it should come and go if the brakes are engaged or not. Also did you apply anything to the Backes of the pads when you did the brakes?

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