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  • Usually the high pitched squeal is a slipping belt...most often the alternator belt. often easy and cheap to fix.

  • The squeal noise was the breaks - the pads were worn down and it was the "indicator" that was making the noise. Cost?: $214.13

    Then, hfb - you also get a point - the belts (timing, etc) were dry/cracked and suggested replaced. Cost?: $235.00 (no $0.13 there? ;))

    The exhaust system was "tight" and "clean" and they didn't recommend repair. Phew! I was so thankful that it wasn't the catalytic converter. They weren't able to reproduce the rattling noise, so hopefully that means it's gone away (ha ha). W

    • They want to charge you $200+ to replace BRAKE PADS? If so, RUN as fast as you can to a local mechanic. Dealerships are great for warranty work, but they are just too darn expensive for routine things like brakes.

      And I bet you can get a better deal on the belts. How many miles are on the car anyway?

      "Perl users are the Greatful Dead fans of computer science." --slashdot comment
  • A few years ago we had to replace the catalytic converter on my wife's 1991 Cavalier. I was very pleasantly surprised when the total came to just under $200 for labor and parts. Maybe it won't be as much as you expect.