Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Squealing at lower speeds

asked by on

My car has a mileage close to 150,000 miles. I've recently noticed the squealing noise that seems to be coming from under the car. The noise can be heard while I'm going either forward or backward at low speeds. There are no sounds when the car is revving in park though. The brakes are relatively new. I put 22'' rims on the car. The only thing that seems to help with the noise is putting WD-40 on springs, bearings, control arms etc. Do you have any suggestions? Is there anything on the car that I should check and replace? Thank you.

A: Hello. If the noise is related to the vehic...

Hello. If the noise is related to the vehicle going over bumps or imperfections in the road then it is in the suspension. If it occurs when the vehicle is moving then it is something else. If that is the case it is either a failing bearing or a bad u-joint. Both of these commonly cause this. If it is the suspension then it is usually the upper control arm bushings or the shocks. It is also common for the frame crossmember to make noise. It usually needs to be removed and reinstalled with new washers. If you need to have this looked at, consider YourMechanic, as a certified mechanic can come to your home or office to inspect the cause of the noise.

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: Cruise control turned on, sudden acceleration, high revving

Hey there. This could be from a defective cruise control switch shorted or a problem with the throttle control actuator. The vehicle should be towed to the dealer and left there until they verify and repair the problem. The dealer...

Q: Drive shaft shakes bad

From your description I believe that there may be a problem in the rear differential of your vehicle. More specifically the pinion bearings. It sounds like they may have gone bad and this has caused excess movement in the drive...

Q: Fan blower motor continually runs.

There is no relay on this vehicle for the blower. There is a blower controller on automatic A/C (resistor on manual A/C) and this will control the blower speeds through the A/C control head. You will need to check...

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...
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...
How Much Does a Mechanic Make in Vermont?
Automotive technician jobs in Vermont have an average mechanic salary of $37k, with some mechanics earning a salary of $53k.