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My car makes a screechy sound when I am driving, but not when I brake, and it is louder when I turn the wheel. I was wondering if there were any indicators of what this might be? I really do not want to get ripped off!

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Amanda J. Pierce, MBA Sharin, Your concern may be one of two things, (1) you may d your belts inspected, you could be looking at a power steering or fan belt when you turn the wheel you put more strain and may hear more of a "squeal". (2) you have a small metal tab on the backing plate of your brake pads, at times this can make contact with your rotors even of you have ample brake pad left, when you turn the wheel this too can make more contact. Have a mechanic inspect these components, feel free to write back for more information after you have had them looked at if you need further guidance!

Audra Fordin, Owner at Great Bear Auto Shop Hello Sharin, I can think of a few possible causes. You need to do a little more investigating. First, it could be as easy as a fan belt turning with the accessories on your car. When you are turning you are putting pressure on the belts and that could be the noise. Another possibility is the power steering pump, or steering rack. Take a look at the power steering fluid in your car. Is it full? Clean? Dirty? Is there a power steering fluid leak (pinkish color) under your car? You did a great job pinpointing the sound to me. Take a look at the fluid condition and at the belt. I think you will be able to see your trouble. Mechanically yours, Audra www.Women AUTO

Diane Larson, Owner/Manager at Larson's Service Hi Sharin, oh, There are so many things that could be causing your squeak:) If it is coming from the brake area, you may have a BRAKE PAD Wear Sensor that is rubbing while you drive and stops squeaking when braking. Or perhaps a BACKING PLATE is rubbing. If the noise is from the engine area, you may have a BELT screech or lots of other things... It may be something simple,ask your friends & co-workers for referals of a good shop near you or read reviews on-line. Have a Fun Day! Diane Larson

Kathryn van der Pol, Owner/Manager at Adolf Hoepfl & Son Garage Dear Sharin, If the screechy sound happens only when you turn the steering wheel, check your power steering fluid level. It is probably low. Power steering fluid is an important lubricant for the pump and rack and pinion (what halps you steer). Have you seen any spots on your driveway? Power steering fluid is generally reddish or gold. If you have to add fluid, the noise should go away. Watch your fluid and make sure you don't have a slow leak. If the fluid level is normal or is leaking, it's time to take your vehicle to a trusted technician.

Laurie Sarno, Co-Owner at Super Girls Auto Hello Sharin- more than likely it is the brake wear indicators - they are often known to make noise when the brakes are not being used & stop when the brakes are applied- should be checked immediately- before you damage the rotors or calipers - hope this helps thanks Super Girls Auto.

Lori Johnson, Owner and Instructor at Ladies Start Your Engines Dear Sharin, If you hear the noise when you turn it's possible that you have a bad CV joint. This is a joint located at the wheel. There is a rubber boot that holds grease inside to keep the joint lubricated. What typically happens is the boot rips and when the grease leaks out the joint makes noise. If it just started doing it you may be able to just have a new boot put on. If you let this go it could create a dangerous situation, meaning the joint could break and you may lose control of the vehicle. Get this checked out. If you need a new axle, check into buying a re-built. Cheaper and should do the job. Lori Johnson

Pat Fleischmann, Director of First Impressions at Community Tire Pros & Auto Repair Just from your description...sounds like you may have a faulty half-shaft. This is where your sound would be coming from when you're turning..this is all part of the mechanics of the steering. You may also have a torn axle boot in which case dirt and crud from the road could be getting in the joint and grinding~ and that's never good! Easy repair but gets pricy if not taken care of does require the removal of the tire, etc. Depending on the part of the country you are from, whether it's dust, dirt, snow, ice, salt...time to have a professional look it! Screechy sound continuously could also be a belt going bad, power steering, you can see many items are effected. Safe on the road during these extra Holiday Trips & errands!

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