Sally's squeaking belts.

Dear Car Talk

Dear Car Talk | Nov 01, 1991

Dear Tom and Ray:

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.

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