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2005 sunfire when I pull away I can hear a squeak and when I put it in reverse when driving there is a lot of pressure and the steering is stiff

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Possible emergency brake sticking or a build up of worn shoe brake dust jamming the rear shoes I would have the rear brakes checked and serviced to start with as for the hard steering if this an a all the time problem check power steering fluid for proper amount in the pump if it low top up and check for a power steering leak these cars are known for the power steering lines rusting and leaking also bad rack seals in the bottom of the pinion part of the rack if the fluid is ok check the drive belt and service as required.

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My first suggestion is that there is a brake issue, not knowing what type of squeal, whether intermittent or just when taking off, or where roughly....,
I think the Caliper Slide Pins are seized and therefore it is sticking putting pressure on one side of the Brake pads and or perhaps you have an issue with the power steering pump or belt/tensioner issue on the power steering pump. Check your pump fluid.
If it is drums in the back then perhaps the 'hold-down springs & retainer' let go for the brake shoes and are grabbing. If they are rotors then the above applies with caliper pins being worn and/or perhaps the Pads are so far gone they are sticking.
In worse case scenario you could have an issue with something being jammed into an axle from underneath - get a flashlight and look around for something around the axles from underneath, try to follow the axle from the inside to the outside and look for anything in the way of it or if the boots are worn.
Signs of brake fluid leaks may be shown by paths of discoloration on the inside of the wheels and rims, especially after sitting and if you at any time have to fill the brake fluid reservoir or notice it going down or of course any lights on yoiur instrument panel indicating a problem.
So, You may simply need a new belt or oil is on it and you may need some spray to clean it, special sprays are available for this.
Perhaps it is the bearing in the tensioner and maybe the squeal goes away after spraying it with lube like wd40 Zepp etc.
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Hi Dan

You did not indicate whether you checked the fluid level for your power steering. Please check this first. Please read your owners manual for specific instructions!

You may be low on fluid.

The next step would be to check your engine belt. The power steering pump is driven by a belt. It is possible that you have a loose or worn belt that is not able to turn the pump sufficiently at idle, but when you rev the engine higher, the pump produces sufficient power. One way to test this is to rev the engine, then try to turn the wheel, see if you notice any difference. Let me know.


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SOURCE: Rear end squeak

Noise is coming from a dry u-joint and or the carrier bearing if equiped. Usually a u-joint "cherps" in reverse first then only gets worse with time. If it starts vibrating at highway speeds replace them immediately.

Posted on May 26, 2009

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do you live in high salted areas? If so, My freestyle had the same problem. It's the joint in the steering column (you can see it from underneath the vehicle) Just keep it lubed. I had to replace mine because it had worn out. Expensive. Also, it could be the bearings on top of your front struts. Dirt gets into it and binds it up. Poor engineering designs.

Posted on Jul 26, 2009

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anything from hub -strut- steering rack-but with the 05 nox their is also a bushing on the steering column that needs lube or if damaged may need replacement

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SOURCE: I have had twice experienced in a parking lot

I believe you are having an intermittent problem with the transmission range switch or the shift interlock solenoid. The first tells the engine computer what position the transmission lever is in so that certain things can happen (e.g. your back up lights come on when shifted into reverse.) This transmission range switch also talks to the driver's multiplex control unit which runs the shift interlock solenoid. Of course, the shift interlock solenoid could be faulting by itself. But because these switches interact with each other, both should be checked.

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