Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Squealing noise?!

asked by on

Car is making a squealing noise! Awful! My car squeals when I'm driving sometimes and it always squeals when starting up. After I've been driving for about 30 seconds it stops. Replaced the belt and the tensioner. They're brand new! It squeals worse when I'm turning, but not a power steering whine sound. When I'm turning the wheel and my car is still of it squeals my steering wheel jumps to the same rhythm as that squealing. My car has 185000 miles. My car has an automatic transmission. BELT DRESSING MADE IT WORSE IT ISNT THE BELT

My car has 185000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

A: Hey there. You have a binding accessory on ...

Hey there. You have a binding accessory on the engine like the A/C compressor or pulley, power steering pump, or an idler pulley. You should first test the computer to see if the power steering pressure switch is activating by scanning the computer data to see if switch is working. If it is okay, then one of the components are binding and would need to be diagnosed by removing the belt and checking each component for binding. The car may also need a power steering pressure test. If you would like to have this looked at, a certified pro from YourMechanic can come to your car’s location to inspect the squealing noise and pinpoint the problem.

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

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: Problems with my truck slowing down.

The service engine soon message is not normal even if it has been on. One fault code can trigger the light and more codes can pop up while the light is on. If you smell a burning smell after driving...

Q: Idles between 500rpm and 1300 rpm. Main concern is low rpm. Belt or pulley chirping mainly at low rpm Drives perfect but Idles bad

Chances are these two symptoms are related. If the drive belt is not performing as designed the engine will run poorly, or not run at all. There are several components that could be the problem, and further inspection is needed....

Q: Do i have to keep on all 4 converters on the exhaust?

Hello. There are a few things you can do depending on your local emissions regulations. Most do not allow you to modify the converter configuration. You need to check with local authorities first. The best way to do this though...

Related articles

How Long Does a Distributor O Ring Last?
The distributor is part of the ignition system in your vehicle and its purpose is to route high voltage from the ignition coil to the spark plug. The spark plug then...
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...
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.