Screeching when putting in gear
When was the last time the transmission was serviced or the fluid checked? That would be the first thing I would check.
Where is the screeching coming from? The noise might be a fan belt but be sure and have your transmission checked out.
I should have asked if you have a manual transmission. If so the noise might be a bad throw out bearing.
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