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Greeted by a Screech (Loud Noise when Starting Vehicle)

Posted June 16, 2024 6:47 AM

No one likes to be greeted in the morning by having someone screech at you.  The same goes for a loud, high-pitched noise your vehicle greets you with every time you start the engine.  If you're wondering if that's normal, no, it isn't.  And it is worth getting checked out.  The good news is that it might be nothing serious.  Then again, it may be.

The first things to suspect any time you hear a high-pitched sound coming from the engine are belts.  They have tension on them and they're trying to turn lots of different pulleys, pumps and other equipment the engine needs to work properly.  The noise could come from the belts starting to wear out and dry out. If one of those belts breaks at an inopportune time, not only can it strand you somewhere, the damage to the engine could be very expensive to fix.

Other things that will cause a high-pitched sound are the pulleys and tensioners.  The tensioners keep the right amount of pressure on the belts and some pulleys contain rubber that dampens engine vibrations.  The rubber in the pulleys can crack or deform with age, which prevents them from working correctly and may cause your belts to wear out.

A technician will check to see if the belts are worn or cracked.  He or she will also check the tension on the belts, the condition of the pulleys and whether all  components are aligned the way they should be.

Sometimes, the noise is nothing major to worry about, but it's still worthwhile to rule out any problems that have cropped up now or may appear in the future.  You'll have a properly running vehicle that sounds like its engineers intended… quiet and smooth.


Protrans Automotive & Transmission Specialists
3420 Gato Ct.
Riverside, CA 92507
9513185223



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Our brakes failed on us two months after taking it to Ford for a brake repair and we refused to take it back there after. Protrans Automotive took our car with no appointment and called us regularly for updates. The mechanics fixed up our brakes in a very efficient manner with very reasonable prices for the work done. Will definitely be coming back here again for future repairs! Bravo
M
, 07/11/2024

Great service with a quick turn around time and no hassle during any part of the process
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, 07/05/2024

Protrans much cheaper than initial quote. Brought in my ford focus to replace Radiator. And a free ride home. Micheal, did not sell me for anything I didn't need, awesome n friendly guy. Definitely will return for future mechanic needs.
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, 06/19/2024

These folks are awesome!!! I brought my prized, restored classic Mustang in for a new starter and flywheel replacement, which at first was a bit of a challenge because it's difficult to find mechanics willing and, moreover, knowledgeable of these older cars. They did not hesitate to accept the challenge and went ahead and did the repair. Unfortunately, five months later, both the flywheel and starter failed just a mile from the shop. Since the car was still operational (after a push start), I brought it by and was immediately met with assurance that the entire job, parts and labor, were covered under their warranty for a year, and in my case, being a AAA member, for two years. The gal at the front counter (Luz), who is super nice, said they would get it in the shop right away and see what had happened. A couple of days later, I met with Michael (the owner), who calmly reassured me that they always stand behind their work and would get the repair done, no matter what. In the end, they identified a couple of possible issues that may have caused the failure, and to make sure that it didn't happen again, they put together a higher-quality setup with better parts, and now the car operates better than ever. I highly recommend calling them first!
G
, 06/07/2024

Luz and the mechanics are amazing and very informative. I took my car in and the mechanism knew exactly what was wrong with my car.
J
, 05/31/2024

The prices were reasonable. And the staff were friendly.
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, 05/30/2024

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