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Old 12-18-2011, 12:45 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Whistling noise coming from the engine

Giday guys,

There is a whistling noise coming from my engine and i believe it might be the fan belt...? Its quite odd but is louder when you first start the engine (in the morning), then as the day progresses it gets a bit softer but still remains... it also seems to stall when you first start it in the morning (which has never happened in the 2 years that i've owned it!) I think because of this issue it has even lost some power!

another issue that could be linked to the loose/broken fan belt is that the battery no longer charges....

Has anyone got any ideas as to what might be happening?
I dont know what to do and i'm desperate for help! I'm 19 and have been paying my way through uni and all my fees for my car but if i cant get this sorted out for as cheaply as i can then i might have to sell it and look at an alternative! I love this car but i'm worried i'm wasting the little money i have one it...

If i need to then i can record it and post it on youtube

any help would be awesome!!!!
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Old 12-18-2011, 08:07 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Think you may have answered your own question, buddy ;-)
A "cold" and loose fan-belt will cause this.
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Check out the condition of the main drive belt, look for cracks in the ridged surface, or damage to the edge of the belt. It may be a matter of replaceing the belt, or just retensioning it.
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