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Squealing engine 2005 Toyota corolla is sluggish to start and the engine sounds progressively worse, making screeching sounds. I've been told the timing belt will not be the cause, and someone else recommended that a piston may be the cause. I wonder if this is a common flaw? If so what to do with it?

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  • aubgrl79 Jan 05, 2009

    I have a 2005 Corolla with 42,000 miles on it. My car is squealing horribly at the moment and is also sluggish to start. 8 months ago I had to have one of the belts replaced because it had warped and now I am thinking that is probably what will have to be done again. As far as my car being sluggish... I have to pump the gas petal a couple of times before I turn the ignition over and I don't have any trouble after that.. except for the squealing.

  • 95Toyota Apr 22, 2009

    I have the same problem and it is not the belt... the power steering is affected, but the fluid level is fine. The squealing is extremely loud and does not stop while driving. 95 Toyota Corolla



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My guess without hearing it, is that you have a loose or worn belt causing the screeching, or squeeling noise your hearing, but as far as sluggish goes, that may be another thing all together. I'd suggest having your belts looked at and adjusted or replaced as necessary. Once it's confirmed or not that your noise was from that or maybe even a tensioner, then we can go from there. In the meantime, chek your oil level just as a precaution, if you haven't lately, and top it up as needed. They are usually a pretty reliable car, so I wouldn't hit the panic button on it being an engine problem yet.

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