My 2003 model Toyota Corolla LE (~95,000 miles, 5-speed manual transmission) has recently started a high-pitched squeal when rolling. It does seem related to the speed I’m moving (faster oscillation at higher speeds); I’ve also noticed that if I touch the brake pedal, it STOPs, until I take my foot off the brake. Then the squeal comes right back.
It was there at both high & low speeds today (I only really noticed it once I opened the windows a bit & was going slower–but I drive with radio on so between that & engine/highway noise, probably obscured the squeal at highway speeds). Rolling into my neighborhood (30 mph or lower) it was REALLY loud–if I’d have seen anyone out walking, I’d have been embarrassed! ;-8
The tires are new as of June (= 4 months), so I don’t think the squeal is tire-related. The car has a timing CHAIN, not belt. What other belt(s) would this car have? Does this issue sound like a belt issue? What else might it be?