Toyota Matrix 2010 - Screeching noise cold start

Asked by Oct 19, 2018 at 07:54 AM about the 2010 Toyota Matrix Base

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Happens when:
-Cold start (first drive of the day), and
- When switching the key to start the car and don’t release the key right
away but keep it at Ignition for a couple of seconds.

Already replaced the serpentine belt but no luck.

YouTube video: https://youtu.be/FKvz48SMEYg

Anyone knows the cause of this?
Thanks

4 Answers

63,475

Bendix on starter not releasing quick enough. Or serpentine belt not properly adjusted. Your engine has a timing chain, but timing belts make this sound too.

Hi @Ed926926, my serpentine belt has been already replaced but that noise still happens.

63,475

I know; that's what you said. That's why I said "properly adjusted." If you have a lot of miles o your nine year old car, I said it's possible that it's the Bendix on the starter.

UPDATE: I replaced the starter and the noise has gone away, plus the cranking is much stronger

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