View Full Version : Tire squeak? Xterra

07-19-2007, 01:59 PM
I have a 2004 Nissan Xterra, 4wd. I bought it 4 months ago and love it. I am new to this forum and hope you all can help me. :clap:

My front driver side tire is squeaking. My husband seems to think its the breaks. :confused:

BUT it only squeaks when tire is moving. Never squeaks when I hit the brakes. So I don't believe its the brakes. Its not consistant either. Comes and goes. Didnt do it at all yesterday. Did it twice today. Squeak can last for 2 seconds or 30 seconds.

Has anyone else had this problem? Any idea what it is? Looking for a diy to fix it or how much to take to fix.

Also could it be weather related. It started right after I got my oil changed by jiffy lube, btw never will go there again, heard stories of them jipping people after i left there. Anyway got oil changed and drove to NM from AZ, 300 miles one way up to 8000 elevation from 2200...could that trip (longest i've put it through) have anything to do with noise? Or weather be problem, been in 110s here. Just want to look at all changes and options that have occurred since noise started.

Thanks everyone for any help you can give me!

07-20-2007, 02:25 AM
BUT it only squeaks when tire is moving. Never squeaks when I hit the brakes. SNIP It started right after I got my oil changed by jiffy lube SNIP

You said the "squeak" started right after you got your oil change at Jiffy Lube. JL may have spilled some oil... Get your husband :) to climb under the car (around the squeaking wheel) and see if he notices anything (oil).

To be fair with JL - It could very well be the brakes. It could also be a wheel bearing, etc. You might consider having the brakes checked out. It could just be brake dust, etc.

I'm sure someone else will jump in with some suggestions.

07-20-2007, 05:18 AM
If the squeek exists when you are driving, and is eliminated when you step on the brakes, there is a very fair chance it has something to do with the breaks. The pads could be warn unevenly, may need replacement, the rotors could be warped, there could be debris....

When you are driving, is the squeel constant or intermittent?
Is it eliminated as soon as you touch the brakes, or only when you stop?
How many miles are on the car?
Do you know, are the brakes original?

It does sound like you want to look at the brakes, or have someone else look at them. It could be as simple as clearing some debris or replacing the brake pads...

07-20-2007, 12:39 PM
read through this:

Service Bulletins Nissan Cars (

and see if any of it applies to your situation. When you go to the link you will see a blank white page, scroll down the screen till you get to the tsb.

07-24-2007, 09:47 PM
If you are talking about a metal on metal squeak, I think it may be the wear tab on the front brake pads. When the pads wear down, the tab will begin to contact the rotor. This is your warning sign that the brakes should be serviced. At first the squeak will be intermittant - sometimes barely heard (only during a turn, say) and it will stop as soon as the brakes are applied. Over time, the squeak will last longer, get louder, and not go away when the brakes are applied.

I definitely suggest checking the brakes / having them checked.

08-01-2007, 03:40 AM
I think there is debris in the brakes. Try to take it to one of those DIY car wash place. And power wash your wheels on the outside, then shoot it in the inside of the wheel. And see if that makes a difference.

08-04-2007, 08:53 AM
az ted has the right idea there is a wear indicator on the brakes. alot of times people only hear it in reverse at first or when turning as a z said.

get it checked out as if you keep driving the tabs sometimes break off and you wont here it again until the pads are metal to metal ruining the rotors etc.