Car trouble ('02 Sunfire)

I have a squeaky engine. The drivebelt isn’t cracked or worn at all, but I suspect it might be ‘glazed’. I have no idea what a glazed belt looks like, though mine is a bit shiny.

I also have a squeaky right front suspension. Quite annoying. I’ve been recently told by the guy who does my oil change that I have a “torn right front grease boot” which I suspect is the cause, but I don’t have any idea what a grease boot is or looks like.

Thanks in advance!

CV Boot cover

Belt issues

If the boot covering your CV joint – stands for Constant Velocity – is torn, you’ll want to be on the lookout (hearout?) for a clicking sound when you turn, which will indicate wear and imminent breakdown. I don’t know if you can re-seal the boot before that happens, but if you can, you probably should.

There are two ways to determine if the engine squeak is belt-related. One is to remove the belt(s). The other is to spray a quick spritz of WD-40 on the belt while it is running and squeaking - if the noise suddenly stops, that was it.

The grease boot is almost certainly on a ball joint or tie rod end. Those components can get squeaky. In order to pinpoint and verify the noise source, the suspect part will need to be disconnected.

CV joint boots don’t correlate to suspension squeak, and one wouldn’t be called a “right front grease boot.” It would be called “right [outer or inner] [CV or axle] boot.”

When it comes to auto repair, always, always, always take Gary T’s word over mine. :smiley: