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#4604292 - 12/15/17 09:35 AM Car making noises (description)
dan765 Offline

Registered: 06/17/14
Posts: 55
Loc: Utah
Hello, gentlemen, could use your expertise here.

2006 Hyundai Elantra, 122,xxx miles.

Sound #1: In the mornings when I start the car (or anytime when it's cold) there is a loud squealing sound when I turn the wheel. I would imagine it's coming from power steering, but would it be a bad belt of bad pump?

Sound #2: There is a chirping/squealing sound coming from the engine as I drive. It goes up in frequency as the RPMs increase.

Thank you

#4604310 - 12/15/17 09:59 AM Re: Car making noises (description) [Re: dan765]
Andy636 Online   content

Registered: 12/30/10
Posts: 777
Loc: Romania
Had the exact same car.

#1 Belt is gone or it needs tensioning. You do that by loosening the alternator,(change the belt) prying on it with a lever and re tight it.

#2 Could be the alternator bearing, AC, PS pump or the timing belt tensioner bearing.

Bullet proof engines unless you do something stupid to them like not changing the oil for 30K miles.

#4604374 - 12/15/17 11:00 AM Re: Car making noises (description) [Re: dan765]
JustN89 Online   content

Registered: 06/27/17
Posts: 461
Loc: DFW
I agree with Andy here. That belt needs replacing and/or tightening. Get that taken care of and you should see those symptoms go away.

#4604378 - 12/15/17 11:03 AM Re: Car making noises (description) [Re: dan765]
Alex_V Offline

Registered: 04/10/16
Posts: 1155
Loc: Campbellsville, KY
X3 - both symptoms sound like the serpentine belt system. Replace the belt and/or tensioner and see if it helps.
I like Chevy and Valvoline.

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#4604406 - 12/15/17 11:43 AM Re: Car making noises (description) [Re: dan765]
EdwardC Offline

Registered: 11/14/13
Posts: 1862
Loc: Chicago, IL
I agree with the other guys, sounds like a fairly simple, routing belt issue. At that mileage, it's probably a good idea to just replace the belt. You can try tighten the belt if it appears to be in good condition for a short term fix.

#4604408 - 12/15/17 11:44 AM Re: Car making noises (description) [Re: dan765]
mclasser Online   content

Registered: 04/13/13
Posts: 2226
Loc: The Northeast
X4 Check/tension both drive belts
2018 Hyundai Elantra VE -- 3K
2013 Honda Pilot EX-L 4WD -- 55K
2002 Honda Accord EX-L -- 210K

#4604554 - 12/15/17 01:58 PM Re: Car making noises (description) [Re: dan765]
Eddie Offline

Registered: 12/07/03
Posts: 9559
Loc: Florida, Cape Coral
At 122,000 miles, I'd just change the belt and tension per recommendations. Ed
CX5 Touring 2.5L :-)

#4604632 - 12/15/17 03:30 PM Re: Car making noises (description) [Re: Eddie]
Rolla07 Offline

Registered: 11/05/11
Posts: 4734
Originally Posted By: Eddie
At 122,000 miles, I'd just change the belt and tension per recommendations. Ed

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#4604636 - 12/15/17 03:33 PM Re: Car making noises (description) [Re: dan765]
Gebo Offline

Registered: 09/18/02
Posts: 2079
Loc: VA
You can check the belt by spraying something on it while it is running. If it gets quiet, you know which belt it is or if it is the belt. However, no chemical (belt dressing) is a fix for a loose belt. Please either replace or tighten.
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