AskPatty Certified Female Friendly Logo
My 96 Lexus ES300 is making a squealing noise, I think its the main belt. The belt is not cracked or worn out, in fact it is fairly new, any ideas on how to stop the squealing noise?

Answers from the Automotive Experts

Amanda J. Pierce, MBA Tamara, Your belt may be adjusted too tight causing excess tension on your belt in certain instances. You may want to ask your mechanic to check on the tension per manufacturer's specification.

Barb Petrey, President - DBK Enterprises Inc at Jiffy Lube It could be that the white writing on the belt is causing the squeeling. Also check the tensioner for the belt to make sure it's okay

Laurie Sarno, Co-Owner at Super Girls Auto Hello Tamara- you should check all pulleys, serpentine belt tensioner, water pump & timing belt idler & tensioner & alternator for bearing issues- these will often cause squeals - hope this helps- thanks Super Girls Auto.

Pat Fleischmann, Director of First Impressions at Community Tire Pros & Auto Repair Tamara.. As always, just looking may not show the exact culprit of the issue. It could be the belt tensioner needs adjusting or a bearing is out. The V-Belt or serpentine belt could have a glaze on it or the pulley could be going out. The problem may not even be related to the Belt. Take it to your trusted mechanic, you*ll be amazed how quickly they can have an answer for you and you*ll be on your way! Good luck and I hope it*s only an adjustment.

Contribute to this question:


blog comments powered by Disqus

Related Lexus ES 300 FAQs


  • After 2 years of being told there was nothing wrong, the dealers quality control person ... Read More
  • It is common knowledge that distilled water is free of minerals that cause rust and ... Read More
  • What is the oldest year of this hybrid. I really want one but cannot afford new. Read More
  • I leased a new Lexus in April, 2008, is it possible to try and get a lower interest rate ... Read More
  • My Airbag Warning light is blinking on the dashboard. My mechanic says there is a short ... Read More
  • I just bought my car from a private owner and want to go get the car checked out, I just ... Read More
  • I do not understand benefits to either buying or leasing a car. If payments are ... Read More
  • Do I need to use a fuel cleaner on a regular basis? Why? Or why not? Read More
  • if you buy a 2000 Lexus with 73,000 miles ? Should it still be under warranty Read More

Need Car Advice?

Ask The Experts!

Looking for a New or Used Car?

Search for our Certified Female Friendly® Car Buying Marketplace locations

Help Our Charities