Q: Steering wheel squeaks in reverse and when turning

asked by on September 26, 2016

I heard a squeaking noise in the steering wheel while I was going in reverse at about 5 mph. The squeaking can also be heard intermittently, at any speed, when I turn left or right. My mechanic told me that the steering would need a flush exchange, which he did; however, the problem still persists. Yesterday I took my SUV to the dealership and I am waiting to hear back from them. While I’m waiting, what do you think is the problem with my SUV?

Serpentine/Drive Belt Replacement $95.69 - $301.27 Get a Quote
Car is making a noise Inspection $79.99 - $89.99 Get a Quote

Since the noise appears to occur while turning, I would have your mechanic check for a loose or failing accessory drive belt (often called a ’serpentine" belt). Turning puts more load on this belt, and it may be slipping. A certified professional from YourMechanic can come to your car’s location to diagnose the squeak noise and proceed with the correct repairs.

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

What others are asking

How many quarts of transmission fluid goes in a 2006 Grand SXT Caravan

The initial fill on your van should be 4 quarts, however the total capacity on this van (41TE transmission) should be 9.7 quarts. If the transmission is low on fluid, this will definitely cause it to hesitate when shifting from...

Car sounds like lawn mower when pressing the gas pedal

Hello. It sounds like you have a large exhaust leak. If there is an exhaust leak, you are getting raw exhaust out of the engine, and that might be what you're smelling. You should not operate or drive the vehicle...

Car won't start occasionally

Hello. It sounds like there may be an intermittent problem with the starter. A solenoid is located on the starter and it is possible that there is a bad spot on the solenoid that is preventing the car from starting...

Problems with the cooling system

Hello. It is possible that your radiator is clogged or is beginning to fail. If the radiator cap isn’t holding the proper pressure this may prevent coolant from being pulled up from the overflow tank. I would suggest that you...

Thumping noise while driving

Hello. It is possible that the noise you are hearing is caused by a bad wheel bearing. However, the wheel bearing noise usually sounds more like a roar. If it is a bad wheel bearing, the roaring noise will become...

My vehicle makes a clunk while accelerating.

Hi there. If your SRX is a front wheel drive model then most of the time this is caused by a failing engine or transmission mount. When these fail the engine and transmission can move when accelerating causing this noise....

My front drive wheel is making noise and when I break to stop the front of the car sways downward...there is a chirping/clicking noise

Hi there. I would really need to know what kind of car this is to be able to help you with this. From what you are explaining, it sounds like you either have a loose caliper or a brake pad...

Engine making pinging sound

Hi there. This pinging sound that you are hearing is actually coming from your transmission upon acceleration. Acuras are known for encountering this problem around 100,000 miles. If your transmission has not yet been serviced I'd advise you to do...

I heard a loud noise from right side of my engine. My partner raised the engine, now it will not start

Hi and thanks for contacting YourMechanic. If your engine was making a loud noise and when the engine was throttled up, there is a possibility that the engine may have a connecting rod that could be knocking and getting ready...

Related articles

Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Pitman Arm Shaft Seal
If the power steering fluid is leaking, at a low level, or making a noise, you may need to replace the pitman arm shaft seal.
How to Buy a Good Quality Power Steering Pump
Power Power steering is what makes an ordinary driving experience extraordinary by adding to the power you apply to the steering wheel and making it simpler to turn the wheel. The power steering pump is the secret weapon in this...
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Steering Gear Adjuster Plug
Common signs include the steering wheel feeling loose or hard to turn, leaking power steering fluid, and the steering wheel shaking while driving.