Your car will often play tricks on you, between a flat tire, dead windshield wipers while driving under a storm, one bulb that dies on your headlight … But when it’s a persistent noise and it’s hard to locate the origin, it becomes really annoying! If you are the happy owner of a squeaking car, then you should be reassured because you are not the only one to whom it happened, and, we have the solutions to help you solve this problem. To do so, our team has decided to write this guide. First, we will focus on a car that squeaks at the wheels, then on carthat squeaks at the belts.

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My car squeaks at the wheels

My car is squealing at the brakes

To begin with, if you ever hear a squeaking sound when you use your brakes, it is likely that it is pad dust that has settled inside your car’s brake calipers, causing your car to squeak when the mechanism is put under pressure. You will have to remove your wheel and clean the calipers with a snowblower and a brush (metallic or rigid). If you have the impression that the squeaking comes from the brakes but that it is not the solution, take a look at this guide to find the origin.

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Car that squeaks because from the silentbloc

If you are a victim of your squeaking car, it is possible that the silentblocks of your vehicle are connected to this squeaking. It is quite possible that wear and tear on one of them is the consequence. It is now time to identify when it squeaks and from which part of your vehicle it comes from. If it is squealing when you drive over speed bumps or bumps in the road, it may be your engine mufflers or stabilizer bar mufflers that are worn. If it’s when you turn, it’s probably the steering ball joint. Replace the ones you have problems with, and your squeaky car should be a thing of the past. In case you want more information about the causes of problems with the silentblocks on your car, go to our dedicated page.

Belt squealing on my car

This type of noise, which will often be of the squeaking type, can generally occur when the engine is cold, or when acceleration increases in intensity . Your squealing car must be significant and it is normally quite simple to associate it with one of its belts. To check, don’t hesitate to open your hood with the engine cold and check the origin of the squeaking, the accessory belt being visible, it should not be too difficult for you to identify if your car accessory belt is squeaking. The cause of this problem may be related to the idler pulley, which acts as a tensioner, depending on its adjustment it may over-tension the belt. This results in a belt that is too taut and will squeak. However, there is still a chance that this problem is harmless. The accessory belt of your vehicle being exposed, it is possible that due to weather conditions it may squeak due to too much humidity and that this will stop with a change in conditions. Remember to check the level of wear of your belt (cracks, crazing), if this is the case replace it, otherwise simply retighten the belt.
If you want more information about belt noise, please read the article we made for this exact problem.