Q: Squealing noise

asked by on February 13, 2016

When I start my car up, it makes a loud squealing noise.

Hello. It sounds like your drive belt may need adjusting. Drive belts that are too loose can squeal, especially when the engine is cold. I suggest you have a trained professional, such as one from YourMechanic, adjust your belt to the proper tension.

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