Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Car makes squealing noise

asked by on

My car is making a squealing noise.

A: The most common squealing noise coming from...

The most common squealing noise coming from the engine would be a drive belt or pulley. This only happens with the engine running and can happen in several ways. A worn or loose belt can squeak when it slips. An old belt that the rubber has hardened can squeak. A pulley bearing can squeak or chirp when it is worn. It could also be the pulleys for your timing belt or the water pump itself. The noise is probably harmless, but if it is timing belt related, some damage could be done if a part fails. If you want this issue repaired, I would recommend having a certified mechanic inspect the noise and come up with the repairs needed for your vehicle.

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・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: P0302 code & car makes puttering noises

Hello. The P0302 diagnostic trouble code indicates that a misfire has been detected on cylinder 2. Before changing the IAC valve, it would be a good idea to address the P0302 diagnostic trouble code and have the spark plugs, spark...

Q: Car makes a jerking reaction when accelerating.

This may be a sign of a dirty or failing mass air flow sensor or a faulty throttle position sensor. The mass air flow sensor is a unit in the intake system that monitors air intake as it is mixed...

Q: Engine died, do I have to replace it now?

The noise you are hearing could be one of several problems. The first and easiest to fix would be to use only manufacturer certified oil filters during oil and filter changes. The oil filter used may not have a built-in...

Related articles

What are the Car Pool Rules in Hawaii?
Hawaii is widely regarded as a land of vacation and relaxation, and as such, its scenic roads and routes are far better known than the state’s freeways. But, as with all...
P2428 OBD-II Trouble Code: Exhaust Gas Temperature Too High Bank 1
P2428 code definition A P2428 trouble code signifies that the PCM has detected a problem in the exhaust gas temperature sensor circuit in bank 1, which subsequently contains the number one...
P2103 OBD-II Trouble Code: Throttle Actuator Control Motor Circuit High
P2103 means there is a fault with the throttle actuator control motor circuit, likely due to a defective electrical component or part.