My parents bought me a Saturn from my car salesman brother for $900. It came with a squeal upon start up. This squeal is notably worse when turning very hard or when the AC (or even the heat!) is on.
We took it to a large-chain auto repair shop. They replaced the main belt. Then they replaced the tensioner.
We took it to a small locally owned/operated repair shop. They replaced the belt again.
We took it back to the large chain and to a different large-chain auto parts store. Both said it must be the power steering aparatus. They large chain repair store said they’d flush it for $200 or replace it for $600. Ugh.
I was out of money from all of the diagnoses so I put the project on hold and drove a squealing car for three months.
Mom and dad called and said their pastor’s son is an engineering major college student. He’d love to take a look at the car, it’s a passion of his.
I gave him $240 to “do whatever you’d do to your mom’s car.”
So, he replaced clips, secured scary looking fire-hazard wire situations, etc, etc. And then he flushed the power steering thing. Then he replaced the power steering thing.
No dice, she still squeals. I am to drive it around for a week and carefully document all instances of squealing.
Operation Confusing Squeal will be shut down (lack of funding) next weekend without a serious breakthrough. Can you help our research?