Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Car is screeching

asked by on

My car while being driven from 5mph- 40mph not on the free way makes a horrible screeching noise when being driven: my steering fluid is fine, what are some possible issues ?

My car has 84238 miles.
My car's transmission is unknown to me.

A: The A/C compressor or idler pulley bearing ...

The A/C compressor or idler pulley bearing is seized and belt is screeching on the pulley. The tensioner pulley is seized or not holding the belt good with tension. If you would like to have this tested and diagnosed, a certified technician from YourMechanic can come to your home or office to inspect the noise and pinpoint the needed repair.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Save up to 30%

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: I'm wondering why my car won't start in 50 degrees or lower temperatures

Hi there. If your engine is cranking over and it's difficult to start, the issue may be caused by a damaged distributor or ignition coil. Especially if it's cracked and condensation is seeping into the electrical system. Other possible...

Q: Throttle Position Sensor

You replaced the accelerator pedal and the throttle body itself. The throttle position sensor (TPS) is a sensor that is located on the throttle body used to monitor the throttle position of the throttle plate inside the throttle body in...

Q: Steering tightens up when turning left while moving and there is a rubbing sound from driver's tire at 10-15 MPH.

The noise you mention seems more likely to be a wheel bearing failing - they get quite noisy with higher road speed, and get even noisier while turning (the outer wheel catches more load). It is possible the tire is...

Related articles

How Long Does a Heater Control Valve Last?
Keeping the right amount of coolant in a car is essential in keeping the engine at the right temperature. Failing to have the right amount of coolant or even bad elements...
P0240 OBD-II Trouble Code: Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance
P0240 code definition Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance What the P0240 code means P0240 is an OBD-II generic code triggered when the Engine Control Module (ECM) detects the intake boost...
How to Avoid Back Pain in a Car
If you have back problems, sitting in a car for an extended period of time can be excruciating. Even without back problems, you could experience discomfort and soreness from...