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Why is my Roomba squeaking | Fix in Seconds

Why is my Roomba squeaking
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Roomba is an Artificial Intelligence supportive device that performs well all around your home to get it cleaned. But, it may get into trouble, so it requires attention to address it technically.

Roombas sometimes start squeaking and give unexpected noises which may be in the form of beeps or unknown irritating sounds. This problem may be in Roomba’s wheels or in the side brush.

In this article, we will explain the following points and resolve Roomba squeaking issue in a few steps:

  1. Why is your Roomba squeaking
  2. Solutions to Fix squeaking issue in Roomba
  3. How to maintain and keep your Roomba clean
  4. Roomba squeaking problem on different floors

How to Fix iRobot Roomba Squeaking?

A. Squeaking in Roomba Wheel

Sometimes, the noise is coming from the wheel or the axle part of the wheel which is annoying and hard to detect.

The wheel may be jammed or hair may be stuck in the middle of the wheel and its installation point at the device.

You might have noticed the foster wheel which is used to direct the Roomba according to the navigational map.


I)Squeaking in Side Wheels:

  • First of all, look at the middle hole of your Wheel where you can have access to the axle of your Roomba wheel.
  • Now, take a Dry Lubrication or Teflon film. I will suggest you use ‘Blaster Dry Lube with Teflon’ as it dries up very quickly.
  • Now, take a stray and attach it with its tip, and spray right in the center of the hole.
  • Don’t overspray everywhere if you have done, clean it immediately.
  • Now, you are Good to go. 


II)Clean Front Caster Wheel

If your Caster Wheel is not moving freely or squeaking, you need to clean it.

  • First, firmly hold this caster wheel’s assembly to remove it from the robot.
  • Push firmly on the wheel to remove it from the wheel housing.
  • Remove any hair or debris from the wheel.
  • Now, re-install the wheel into the housing ensuring that both sides of the axle snap firmly into place.
  • Now, remove dust and debris from the front wheel cavity.
  • Re-install the caster wheel assembly into Robot.
  • Congratulations! The wheel is all right now with no squeaking.

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B. Floors and Dragging Objects

We all have different types of floors in our homes depending on the structure and design of our homes. We have carpeted floors in our rooms and tough tile flooring in the courtyard of our home. So, all these surface types allow Roomba to sound differently.

On a hard floor surface, there may be a louder sound which may not be higher when Roomba is cleaning the carpet area. So, this is normal and you don’t need to worry about your Roomba and its noisy behavior.

Dragging objects also affect and initiate squeaking in Roombas. There are some objects, tiny toys, or dust particles that get stuck in Roombas. Roombas keep squeaking during their cleaning cycles with these objects stuck in them.


Clean Roomba

Take out the dustbin from the Roomba device and check whether there is dust gathered in it or not. If there are debris particles, you need to clean the dustbin where a lot of dust could stuck.

Now, head over to the bin area. This empty room can store a lot of dust which is causing the connection blocked. You must clean this area as well before inserting the dustbin into Roomba.

You can pull out the dust remnants with your hand and you can also use a scissor to cut little hair which is stuck around the side brush on the backside of Roomba.

  • To clean Roomba from the inside, you have to open its back cover carefully after unscrewing all the screws.
  • You can use compressed air to pull out all the dust from inside because after so many turns around the home leave dust particles inside Roomba.
  • Now, put back the Roomba cover in its place carefully and tighten all the screws.

C. Squeaking in Roomba’s Side Brush

A few people notice that squeaking may come from the side brush which I noticed when I removed my own Roomba rollers and checked whether the issue is in these rollers I started Roomba to Clean, but the squeaking was still there.

So, I checked its side brush and fixed it and you can also fix it by following the steps below.


  • Take a screwdriver and open up the screws of the back cover first and then the side brush (usually yellow colored)
  • There may be some debris or dust particles stuck at the installation point of the side brush.
  • Just clean that area and re-install the side brush.
  • Now, take a Dry Lubrication or Teflon film. I will suggest you use ‘Blaster Dry Lube with Teflon’ as it dries up very quickly.
  • Now, take a stray and attach it with its tip and spray around the brush stick to disable any friction causing friction.
  • I hope that it will be fixed and squeaking again.
Fixing Squeaky side brush in Roomba

D. Clean debris from Brush Roller

There may be a squeaking sound coming from the Brush Roller. It is not normal but you must check it to fix the squeaking. The Roller Brush usually comes in contact with the dust particles and debris which has stuck in there.

It usually disables Brush Roller to rotate freely due to that dust and debris


  • First of all, remove the Cleaning Head Module from the backside of the Roomba.
  • Remove the side screws on each side of the Roomba.
  • Now remove the two extractors and it will easily come out.
  • Make sure that you remove the side brush gently.
  • You will notice a big motor that drives the extractors and a small motor for Side Brush.
  • You can clean this Cleaning Head Module with a cloth and remove all the dust and debris.
  • Clean the roller as well with your naked hand and use a cloth afterward.
  • Now, re-install this module and fix the side brush in its place.

E. Roomba squeaking while going back to Charging Base (Docking)

Roombas usually create a little squeaking when they head back to their charging base (Doc). Usually, they come to their charging station when their battery is running low or when their charging cycle is completed.


Learn More: If you are facing any charging issues, you can resolve it by following all the steps in the article. For example:


I)Clean Charging points of Battery

First of all, you will see four screws on each corner of the back of the Roomba which has the battery fixed in its place. You have to loosen all the screws one by one. Screws are not pulled out, they just get loosened and the outer part comes out fully.

Now, you will pull the battery out and clean its surface points with a clean cloth. You will place the battery again in the compartment. Here, you will see a little brush that you have to hold, keep and pull upward.

Now, tighten all the screws and fit the cover completely. Plug the charger of Roomba with it and check whether it starts charging.

II)Clean Roomba’s Charger Contact Points

You can take Mr. Clean’s magic eraser recommended by iRobot which is used to clean the sensors of chargers. You need to wet it and squeeze it thoroughly and then you must plug out the charging cable and clean the charging sensor on the contact points.

Now, dry the wet points and remove all the moisture and plug in the charger back with your Roomba.

Next time, make sure that you clean your charger’s contact points clean to charge Roomba smoothly to avoid any avoidance in the performance of Roomba cleaning which ensures Roomba doesn’t get stuck at one point.

Suction Motor of Roomba

Sometimes, the Suction motor from the dustbin is not oiled you have diagnosed the error and now you want to replace the motor. I will show you how you can fix this and fix the suction motor instead of buying a new one.


  • First of all. you will just simply take the bin out.
  • Just remove the screws all around and separate the suction motor from it.
  • Now, remove the motor fan part with a little effort and make sure that you don’t damage this part.
How-to-fix-a-Roomba-which-makes-awful-squeaking-sound-RoboVacCollector (Fix the suction motor)
  • You will see that a lot of dust is stuck in here.
  • Now, take some WD-40 and apply it like in the shaft.
  • Take some oil and apply it to the Roomba motor bearing.
  • Don’t lose the little plastic washer in the bearing and leave it for a few seconds.
  • Now, re-install and cover everything as it is.
  • Now, Run your Roomba and Happy Cleaning.
motor fan in the suction motor

How often should you clean your Roomba?

You should clean your Roomba after every month or two. But, it also depends on the parts and each part has its own functionality and different parts are exposed to dust and debris differently.

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Here is the chart by iRobot Roomba for cleaning work on different accessories of Roomba.

Roomba PartCare FrequencyReplacement Frequency
iAdapt Localization CameraOnce per month
BinClean after each use
Brushes (Bristled and Rubber)Once per week twice per week in homes with petsEvery 6 to 12 months
Charging ContactsOnce per month
Cliff SensorsOnce per month
ExtractorsOnce per week twice per week in homes with petsEvery 6 to 12 months
FilterOnce per week Twice per week in homes with petsEvery 2 months
Floor Tracking SensorOnce per month
Front Caster WheelOnce every 2 weeksEvery 12 months
Full Bin SensorsOnce every 2 weeks
Side BrushOnce per month

Frequently Asked Questions

Can WD-40 stop squeaking?

WD-40 acts as an amazing lubricant. We can use it as an Anti-Friction and apply it around our Roomba wheel to make rotate free.

Does Vaseline stop squeaking?

A little petroleum jelly will rid the hinge of that annoying squeak. You can apply this to avoid friction but I would suggest you to use Blaster Dry Lube with Teflon.

About Author

Hamza Munir

Originally from Pakistan, being a young lad in Tech industry, Hamza has a keen interest in PC games, and Windows OS Security Systems. He loves technology and Alexa products and he has used multiple automated gadgets at home, with almost every version of the Echo and Rumbas especially. He is recently studying advanced AI and Machine Learning at ITU Pakistan. Now, He has also involved himself in Aurdino products to study advanced Robotics. His degree is Bachelor's in Computer Science but his Specialization has taken him to a higher positions at various job positions. Now, He writes detailed information on every issue and feature of Alexa, Echo, and other smart and automated gadgets and also reviews them according to my use and personal utility experience. Hamza has been providing people with different troubleshoots related to robotics, and AI since 2020 and He has attached himself with <a href="https://smarthomehut.com/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">smarthomehut</a> in 2022 You can find him @ <ol> <li><a href="https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100052732758107" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Facebook</a></li> <li><a href="https://twitter.com/HamzaMu31587055" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Twitter</a></li> </ol> More Info <a href="https://smarthomehut.com/about/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">About Smarthomehut</a>

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