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Old 02-26-2004, 01:43 AM   #1 (permalink)
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This is a very new issue....

On really cold, or wet days - when i first start the car, i hear an incredibly loud shrieking noise coming from the front of the car. Sounds like its coming from the belts, but i really dont think the belts can make a noise this loud. It can be heard at the end of the street or inside the house even. The noise can be as short as 1 second, or as long as 15 seconds. Then its gone and wont come back until later after it has been sitting cold and / or wet again. Someone mentioned my power steering pump - is this a likely issue??

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it could be that or the waterpump bearings another source. Check your coolant make sure you have fluid in there...
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on really cold days my power steering pump squeals then stops after it warms up a little, never experianced it on wet days
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check the power steering fluid..
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its a long shot but check your tension pullies and idle pullys but i have to agree it could be P-steering.
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probably pump, but it's hard to know without actually hearing it.
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I seriously think its the belts. Check ur belts (timing etc..) IF it isn't the ps
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Check the tension on your drive belts, they're just a little loose.
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