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Old 08-19-2010, 03:52 PM
 
Location: Saint Petersburg, FL
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I have a 2008 Toyota Sienna with about 37,000 miles on it. About two weeks ago I noticed a squealing sound when I make sharp turns at low speeds. It sounds exactly like I'm driving too fast and squealed my tires, but I'm going about 2 miles an hour so that's impossible. It only does it if I turn sharply, not just making a turn on the road.

I have to drive to and from Atlanta from Tampa this weekend and I want to make sure it's safe. I've looked all over the automotive sites that come up when I google, but I can't find anything that seems to fit.

Any ideas?

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Old 08-19-2010, 04:40 PM
 
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Have the alignment checked. If the toe setting is off, it can cause the tires to scrub and squeal when making a tight turn.

Or it could be that your tires are worn and the tread is not making full contact with the road surface. The alignment shop will tell you.

Also have the tire pressure checked.
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Old 08-19-2010, 04:48 PM
 
Location: Saint Petersburg, FL
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Have the alignment checked. If the toe setting is off, it can cause the tires to scrub and squeal when making a tight turn.

Or it could be that your tires are worn and the tread is not making full contact with the road surface. The alignment shop will tell you.

Also have the tire pressure checked.
Dh checked the tire pressure and said it was good and we put new tires on it about 2 months ago so they should be good.

That leaves the alignment. I can take it in to get that checked tomorrow, I think.

Thank you
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Old 08-20-2010, 12:55 PM
 
Location: Saint Petersburg, FL
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Just got back from the shop. It was the brakes. I thought that was funny, since the squeal was not when I was pressing on them, but it seems to be fixed. I always thought the brakes would squeak only in use.
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Old 08-20-2010, 01:11 PM
 
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Glad you got it taken care of.
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Old 09-08-2010, 09:52 AM
 
Location: Saint Petersburg, FL
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Well, it still squeals. But I've noticed it only on certain pavement and only when making sharp turns. And I've also noticed other vehicles doing the same thing. It's always on that very smooth, very dark pavement that you find in parking lots sometimes. And the vehicles that seem to do it are other mini vans and SUV's. So, I no longer think there is something wrong, now I'm just curious as to why that happens. Every time I make the turn in my daughter's car circle at school there is a loud SQUEEEEAL!!! and it makes me want to hide. lol

Could it have something to do with hot pavement? I'm going so slow I can't imagine my tires slipping no the pavement, but maybe they are? And it's only during sharp turns.
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Old 09-08-2010, 10:03 AM
 
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I was going to say that from the beginning. On asphalt parking lots, especially ones that have been sealed with blacktop sealer, most every car squeals when turning sharply at low speeds. Hot blacktop is even more prone to do this.
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Old 09-08-2010, 10:10 AM
 
Location: Saint Petersburg, FL
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I was going to say that from the beginning. On asphalt parking lots, especially ones that have been sealed with blacktop sealer, most every car squeals when turning sharply at low speeds. Hot blacktop is even more prone to do this.
Interesting! Thanks! It still seems weird to me......
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Old 09-08-2010, 01:00 PM
 
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Are we talking tire squeal or the sound a power steering makes at a sharp turn of the wheel?
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Old 09-08-2010, 02:33 PM
 
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Did you have the alignment checked?
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