Sally's squeaking belts.
We have a 1985 Chevrolet Celebrity and it screeches loudly. It seems to have something to do with the air conditioner and acceleration. I have heard other cars doing the same thing. What's happening, and is it fixable?
TOM: Well, Sally, we know what you're doing. You're afraid to take your car to a mechanic, because think you might find out something terrible.
RAY: But this doesn't sound like anything terrible. It's probably a bad belt--most likely the air conditioning belt. When belts get old, they get glazed.
TOM: Glazed?? You mean like a holiday ham?
RAY: Yeah, exactly. They get shiny and slippery. And when they slip, they squeal, particularly on acceleration--just like Sally says.
TOM: The belt needs to be replaced, Sally. And while you're there, get the other belts checked, too. For less than $100, they'll probably change all your belts, and give you a new air freshener to boot.