February 23, 2006 8:39 PM

Emmab, the squeek you hear is most likely the drive belt, not the easiest fix and does require taking apart the machine, you may be able to replace the belt to breathe a little life back into your machine, this is also most likely the same source of your tracking problem, as a drive belt skips the tape is running slower across the heads thus changing the tracking mechanically. New VCR's only set you back about $50-60 at the low end, and some belts can run near the replacement price after you include shipping. Research is time well spent and may reveal the answer of alive, dead, or large paperweight.
Hope this helps.