Q: Getting squeaking sound from engine.

asked by on

I am getting a squeaking sound from engine from the front right side of the car. This is present even if the car is running.

My car has 90500 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Hi there. This problem comes up often on this engine. The most common source of this noise is within the timing belt system. Most of the time, this noise occurs when one of the idler pulleys is failing, the timing belt is worn-out, or there is a tensioner issue. What I typically do to isolate this, is remove the engine drive belt, and start the engine. If the noise goes away, then the noise could be in one of the engine accessories. From here, I would remove the timing cover to see if I can pinpoint the noise.

Almost every time I have come across this issue, I have replaced the timing belt with a new timing kit, which includes new pulleys, a new belt, a new tensioner, and a new water pump. If you are looking to have this diagnosed and fixed, consider using YourMechanic, and have a certified mechanic come to your home or office to diagnose the cause of the noise, and recommend the best path to repair.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1,000 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
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. Getting squeaking sound from engine.

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: Car drives in 1 and 2 also reverse but car feels like its in neuturl when its on D

The final drive forward clutches are worn out or the apply piston seals are bad. Either way the transmission needs to be overhauled or replaced.

Q: white smoke oil leak engine light on

Hi there, thanks for writing in about your 2004 Toyota Sienna. It is very possible that there is an oil leak somewhere that is allowing the engine to burn the oil. Without further detail, it would be tough to say...

Q: My van is misfiring. Can I drive 400 miles before changing them? I'm traveling home now

Hi and thanks for contacting YourMechanic. If the Check Engine Light says that your vehicle has a misfire, then you will need to check the spark plugs and wires. I suggest replacing the spark plugs if they have hot spots,...

Related articles

How Do Power Car Windows Increase Passenger Safety?
Power windows are responsible for approximately 2,000 emergency room visits every year. When a power window closes, it exerts enough force to bruise or break bones, crush fingers, or restrict an airway. Though...
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...
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...