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What would cause a squealing sound if it is not the brakes or belts?


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2015-07-17 17:46:48
2015-07-17 17:46:48
I have THE answer. You have defective bearings in your Distributor shaft. It is a $300 part. I spent a few hundred dollars and with the help of two very persistent mechanics they found the problem. I know what you are going through. It sounds like a belt. The squealing may even cause your van to shut off, especially when idling. If this is the case, be sure that it is the distributor shaft.basilThe type of vehicle and more information is needed to answer this question, unless you have a parts "shotgun".

What kind of car? engine size? If there is a tensioner and it is weak, it help the belt to squeal. Spray anything wet on the belt -- does the noise stop? If you e the idle without moving will the noise start? Need more info.

This could also be caused by power steering system. Check for leaking tank, low fluid etc.

Have you checked the wheel bearings?

If its not your belts and you got them replaced its possible that your water pump is starting to go.

If you did not get the noise fixed yet, you might want to check on the pulleys where the drive belt is installed and/or the water pump. Pulleys make a high pitch noise when they are worn out either when you first start the engine or during acceleration. Water pump also makes the same noise. Check the little hole above or under the pump, if there is a sign of water/coolant coming out of the hole, your water pump needs a replacement. I hope this can help you.

could also be worth considering your "clutch, thrust bearing", sounds painful I know, not a major job though in the right hands.

In addition to the above, Tires could, PCV valve if not replaced properly on certain engines, alternater.

if its from the rear it could be a fuel pump if your car is efi

Alternator answer could be bearings wearing out in alternator, a/d compressor,or any other pulleywheel on engine.could also be dry thrust bearing in clutch.need more information, does the noise go away when engine is reved does it get worse if you use a/c,does it happen when stationary or when moving


it could be the cylanders

or you could have a mouse in your car.

i recommend you get a cat


My daughter's car had this problem

It ws in deed the distributer. The price wasn't too bad from autozone. $175 remanufactured plus core charge. The local mechanic charge $20 to install it


I agree with the first answer put down, i have an old car but brakes n wheels seemed fine, there was a problem with the cv shaft, it will cost between 300-400 to fix, i got it reconditioned and my care doesnt make a sound when i brake


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you need to replace your belts. Take it to AutoZone to have them look at it

It could be the presence of water on pulleys causing the belts to slip. If it is persistent then this is a sign of worn-out or misaligned belts.

If your car makes a squealing sound when you are turning it is because your brakes have worn out. When the brakes wear down below a certain point, a wire pops loose. That makes a squeaking sound.

The sound is most likely the brakes squealing. Check the pads to make sure that the metal part isn't cutting into the rotor.

The squealing sound in brakes is caused by dust and dirt in the brakes. Also, more commonly, it is caused by worn pads or shoes. On disk brakes there is a wear indicator. This will rub against the disk and squeel when brake pads are worn to where they need replacing.

probably your neighbours cat is locked in the boot ANSWER: LOL, Either that or one of the belts needs to be replaced.

The squealing sound you hear when your car brakes are wearing out is referred to as a "squealer." This indicator is a strip of metal that when the brake pad wears down makes contact with the rotor making a metal on metal noise.

The cause of the squealing sound is because you are turning the steering wheel completely to the right or left

Some manufactures use a wear indicator that causes a squealing sound when the pads need to be replaced.

There is a good chance it's your drive belts. If it's worse when it's cold or when you start the car check your belts'

i would think that it may be a belt slipping. since it only happens when the car is moving/acelerating. perhaps one of your belts is loose and when you accelerate since the pulley moves faster the belt start slipping .also the splash shield behind the brakes rotors sometimes bend and you get a squealing type metalic sound. if is more of a humming sound it may be a wheel bearing .

If you hear the squealing when applying the brakes, the pads are worn out and need replacing ASAP. Failure to replace the pads immediately will result in worn out rotors which will also need replacing. If the squealing noise is not when braking it may be a worn drive belt.

The grinding sound means that the brake pads are worn down to metal and that sound you hear is metal to metal. you need to have the pads changed, the problem is that you will more than likely have to change the rotors also. The way to avoid this in the future is when you notice your brakes are making a squealing sound that means that the pads will need to be changed soon.

might be your power steering or something in that nature

I think we figured it out. Believe it is the throw out bearings.

A pig makes a squealing sound.

Can you give more detail? Is it squeak, squeak, squeak or squeeeeeeek? I'm assuming that it only occurs when the car is moving. Does putting the brakes on make it change? --Ken It does make squeeeeek sound when car is moving and putting brakes on does change it.

-BeltA belt running one of the various components of your vehicle may be loose or in need of replacing/adjustment. Sometimes they simply get wet, and other times the tension pulley is out of adjustment. They slip on the pulley and cause the squealing until they regain traction. (Belts may run AC, water pump, alternators, engine fans etc)

Have you checked the belts? A squealing sound can indicate a loose or worn belt, or slippage of one. If it is a "whine" it is probably the compressor, which could run for a long time or it could give out tomorrow.

you probly have a belt slipping, a can of belt dressing should stop the sound

SCREEEEEEEEEE!Worn brake pads make a loud squealing noise.Some brakes can make various noises when they are not worn out. Check with your mechanic.

More info: 87 Crown Victoria 5.0 engine The sound is coming from the drivers side wheel vicinity and can be heard better when the window is rolled up (less outside noise to drown it out?) It does not occur when standing still. The sound is cyclical according to how fast I am going. It squeals faster as the car speeds up and like wise slows down when I do. It is not likely the brakes as it is not a high pitched whine like the brakes and makes the sound when not braking. It was faint a few days ago but is steadily getting louder.

A hog sometimes makes a snorting sound, and sometimes makes a squealing sound.

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