Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Car squeaking when first starting

asked by on

When I start the car, I hear a squeaking noise. After driving for a while, the noise goes away. After letting the car sit overnight, I hear the noise again upon starting it the next day.

If your car is squeaking on cold starts, then that is a sign that there may be a problem with one or more of the engine’s belts, or pulleys. If a belt becomes excessively worn, it will eventually begin to slip, and produce a screeching noise that will get louder over time. I would recommend having a professional technician, such as one from YourMechanic, inspect the belts, and if necessary, the pulleys, to determine what is causing the sound.

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: Mechanics

If you want to pursue the mechanic profession then I would suggest getting any job in the field that will take you and supply on the job training like a mechanic assistant or a lube and tire technician if you...

Q: Squeaking brakes

Hello there, squeaking brakes can be caused my many different faults on your 2008 Volvo XC90. The most common causes are the improper brake pad material. There are two different kinds of brake pad material that are common, semi-metallic, and...

Q: Car sputters and dies

Hello. It will first be necessary to find out why the Check Engine Light is on. This could be the reason your car is stalling. It is also possible that the is a problem with the fuel system, as this...

Related articles

What Causes Hoses to Leak?
While the largest part of your engine is mechanical, hydraulics plays a significant role. You’ll find fluids at work in a number of different areas. Your car's fluids include: Engine oil Transmission...
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...
Rules of the Road For Iowa Drivers
Driving on the roads requires knowledge of the rules, many of which are based on common sense and courtesy. However, even though you know the rules in...