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When I start my 2002 beetle it makes a screeching noise. What

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When I start my 2002 beetle it makes a screeching noise. What could be causing that?
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Customer: When I start my 2002 beetle it makes a screeching noise. What could be causing that?
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Customer: I actually just purchased from a dealership and I'm still under the 30 day warranty so if there's an issue I want to make sure they'll be able to fix it
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Customer: Yes the breaks squeak when I come to a stop
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: VW
Expert:  John replied 1 year ago.
Hello, my name is ***** ***** like this are from the serpentine belt on the front of the engine. If the belt is a little loose for any reason (cracked belt or worn tensioner) it will squeal. Also, if there is a leak in the area of the belt this could cause the squeak. Another thing that I have seen make noise on start up is the starter motor for the engine itself. They can hang up and not release fully causing the noise.As far as the brakes, this could just be from wear on the brake rotors or the brake pads themselves could be low. In anycase I would take this back to the dealer and have these items addressed under the 30 day warranty you mentioned.Please let me know if I can be of further help with this.John