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After taking it back to the shop, the mechanic diagnosed it as "the back tire inside rim wheel weights are rubbing" (apparently they didn't rub when those tires were in the front). So rebalance the rear wheels and I'm back in business.


This definitely sounds like some brake pads are worn down to the indicator wear bar. It is supposed to make a screeching noise when this happens. Don't take the car back to the mechanic who said this was normal for an automatic! But do take it to a reputable shop for another opinion. And yes, both points of your question are probably due to the same ...


Do you know if it's coming from the front or rear? Also double check your serpentine or v-belts... They may be loose or just need some belt dressing. I know they can sound like that when at idle or when stopping.

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