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Odd noises

Discussion in 'General Tech and Maintenance' started by fbizzay, Nov 2, 2006.

  1. fbizzay

    fbizzay New Member

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    Ok fellas, here's a good one for you, if you can solve the problem you'll be super heros. So I just bought a 98 civic LX. I've had it for 3 weeks, since then it's gotten very cold, I live in Idaho and I bought the car in Utah. Anyways, I mean like 15-20 degrees at night, and maybe a high of 45 furring the day. So since it's gotten cold my car has made some weird noises. When i start the car up in the mourning it takes almost 3x as long to start, I guess that's pretty normal for the cold, after it warms up it starts like normal. However, the noise, when it's cold it sounds like I terned on a grinding wheel. I think it's comming from the pully/belt area. Also I was just out there and I reved up the engin for a few seconds and the grinding wheel sound left and I heard a high pitced squeeling sounds. That's the first I heard of it. So i reved it up quickly again and it got quieter, and I reved it up quickly again and it went away. I'm really hoping for suggestions, like I said, I just bought it, and I'm a college student, so there's not a whole lot of money avaliable to take it to a shop and pay them to figure it out. Thanks
     
  2. kkid28

    kkid28 He who burns the rubber.

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    It might just be your belts slipping. Although I'm not exactly sure what a grinder sounds like when it starts since I haven't heard one in like 8 months but I'm guessing that when you revved it they slipped faster and warmed up a little (aka friction or vulcanization) so they gripped. Shouldn't really be a problem but if it gets warmer and the problem persists try changing your belts and see if that helps.
     
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    D See 2 Senior Member

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    Belts slip because they're too loose or because there's a drag on them. The grinding you heard was either the PS pump, A/C compressor, or the alternator. Pull the belts off and spin each of those pullies by hand to listen/feel for binding/noises.
     
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