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Dear Patty, My 2001 Nissan Frontier is making an intermittent squeak from the front end. If it was a belt wouldn't it squeak all the time? Could it be a belt pulley? It only happens while the car is moving. When the squeak happens I can feel a slight hesitation. Thanks, Barb M

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Amy Mattinat, Owner and Author at Auto Craftsmen Ltd Hi Barb, It’s hard to make an educated guess without more information, and without being able to duplicate the problem. But, since you say that the squeak happens while the car is moving, I would take it to your regular repair shop and have them check over the wheels and brakes. Good Luck, Amy Mattinat

Jamey Wozniak, Owner and CEO at Joe's Hitch, Trailer & Truck Accessories It sounds like you have a suspension or tire issue. I would need more information but suggest you have it checked by a certified ASE technician soon.

Lori Johnson, Owner and Instructor at Ladies Start Your Engines Dear Barb, Squeaks can be hard to diagnose without hearing it. You could start the car and put the hood up and try to locate the area of the noise. Most likely you will have to have someone in service look at the vehicle so that they can actually tell where the noise is coming from. Belts don't necessarily make noise all the time and either to pulleys. You really need someone to hear the noise to diagnose it properly.

Patty Streeter,  at AskPatty.com You are right that belts and belt pulley squeaks are usually constant, but they can also be intermittent. If the squeak happens only when the vehicle is moving it is probably caused by something in the suspension and you state there is a slight hesitation when you hear the squeak. This could indicate a loose bushing or possibly a ball joint. This should be looked at and diagnosed at your local Nissan dealer or an ASE Certified Automotive Technician as this could possibly be a potential safety issue.

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