Why is my car screeching?

People already laugh at the fact that I drive a Nissan Cube. I love my car, so I try to ignore it. But now my car is screeching like nobody’s business when I drive, drawing more stares and more laughs, leaving me feeling embarrassed. Why might my car be screeching?

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Answer provided by
Laura Salvas
Answered on May 05, 2022
There are several reasons your Nissan Cube could be making a screeching noise, from something simple like a worn belt to something complicated like worn engine bearings.
These are some possible reasons why your car is screeching:
  • Belt needs replacing: A worn-out belt can become stretched and screech or squeal when your car accelerates. This routine repair should be taken care of before the belt snaps.
  • Brake wear: If your brake system becomes worn, it can cause a screeching sound when you turn. Likewise, brake pads may screech when you brake to indicate the brakes need replacing soon.
  • Hole in intake system: This is rare but can cause a screeching noise when you drive. If your check engine light is on this could be an indication of a small hole.
  • Worn bearings: Many systems in your car, such as the power steering, air conditioning, and even engine, rely on lubricated bearings to operate. As bearings lose their lubrication, they may wear down and could make a screeching noise. **Left too long and this component of your car will break down. **
Try to decipher whether the screech is coming from under the hood or a specific wheel, and what action triggers the noise (braking, accelerating, running your car, or turning). This will help a mechanic determine the problem.
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