2001 Toyota Tacoma 2WD 2.4L 4cyl

92k Miles

I have a chirp/squeak coming from the area near my power steering belt.

When I spray it with water the noise goes away, but quickly comes back.

Here's a video of the noise and water test

Happens consistently - both from a cold start and when warmed up.

All 3 accessory belts (power steering, AC, alternator) are less than a year old; replaced about 1k miles ago. Continental belts.

It's just recently started (i.e. it didn't start after putting on the new belts)

Don't have a calibrator for the tension, but it doesn't feel loose.

[Here's a video of the noise and water test...]( https://youtu.be/ckFZrEBgRyA)

My next test will be to remove the belt and try spinning the power steering pulley manually, checking for play/noises, but was curious to hear what others think/where they would start.

  • What quality of belt did you buy when you replaced them? Its definitely belt noise, worn out pulley belt grooves can cause this also.
    – Moab
    Sep 26, 2019 at 16:00

1 Answer 1


The tensioner for the power steering was loose and wobbly. Tightened it up and the noise went away.

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