I'm Not Crazy! The Squeak! It Exists! SWEET VALIDATION.

Photo credit: Matt Rhoads
Photo credit: Matt Rhoads

A while ago, I noticed a tiny, quiet squeak. A faint eek-eek-eek-eek as I drove along. No one else heard it except for me—until now.


I recently took the car to have the rear brake pads swapped and the whole hydraulic system bled to alleviate some squishiness in my pedal. Sure, that’s all stuff I could do at home, but it’s been hovering around the triple-digits outside and more humid than most summers I can remember, so brake work is a whole lot of Heckin’ Nope. I will eat the cheesiest of boxed dinners at home to pay someone else to sweat that out.


My brake pedal returned to its normal, wonderful, uniquely oh-so-satisfying unsquishiness, but I got something better when they returned my car.

“It sounds like you might have a little bearing noise when it’s rolling.”

HARK! What is this? I am right? I’m not crazy or imagining weird squeak-noises? Someone else heard my mystery squeak?!?!!!


Problem is, they’re probably right. The Lulzcer felt like it was wandering all over the place over the course of a 5-hour drive, and I wasn’t sure if that was because I was exhausted or what. The wheel seemed to shake a little like it did when the 944's wheel bearing went out.

It’s probably time.

Which is probably expensive.


I even jiggled the wheels a little once I’d reached my destination and sure enough, I felt a little side-to-side play. It’s possible that this could also be from being sleepy and imagining things, but that seems less possible. Either way, not good.


This means that I have (in a way) actually driven the wheel off of my car. But more importantly: I’M NOT MAKING UP NOISES!!! The sound! The sound exists! It’s not just me! It is a real sound that emits high-pitched squeaking into your eardrums!

IT’S REAL!!! Eat it, Sasquatch. You, mystery woodland monster-creature, are less real than my mystery squeak (which has grown irritatingly louder over time). Pffffttttt.

Moderator, OppositeLock. Former Staff Writer, Jalopnik. 1984 "Porschelump" 944 race car, 1971 Volkswagen 411 race car, 2010 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS.

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