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Oct 3, 2013, 6:17 PM

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Hi guys,

So this problem started last week. Whenever I start the engine at the start of the day, the car makes this squealing sound near the front wheels. The squealing sound goes off after 30secs to a minute.

Also, this noise happens every now and then when I am travelling at low speeds (0-10mph), and sometimes it gets louder when I am making a turn. It never occurs when I am travelling at higher speeds (above 20-30mph). Every time, the noise persists for a minute or so before it disappears. I am not sure whether it is due to the brakes, because this occurs regardless of whether the brakes are being applied.

I've brought my car to the mechanic twice but the noise did not occur during the checks and so the mechanics were unable to give a diagnostic.

Information about car:

Mitsubishi Mirage, 2001
Water pump and timing belt are new - changed a month ago.
Miles: 111k


Tom Greenleaf
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Oct 3, 2013, 6:48 PM

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IMO - strong chance the regular belt (s) aren't tight enough. Doesn't matter is self adjusted or manual your symptoms are a strong clue of that. My reason is when you start the car you've just taken some juice out of the alternator and instantly it works hard to return it to full charge and slips. Turning you are asking PS pump to work harder so same deal, the belt just isn't tight enough or wrong belt at the end of adjustment range. Could be missed but also should be easy to determine,

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Oct 4, 2013, 4:58 AM

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Does sound like Tom said that a belt is slipping. Might even be original belts. I would change them with new and adjust properly. Don't get the cheap ones, get the Gates belts.

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Oct 4, 2013, 7:54 AM

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To add - It's likely that with a water pump and timing belt that service belts were done but either way they need to be good and the correct tension. If they are allowed to slip if that is it and I think so it could wreck or shine up a new one.

I won't go back and fix it now but what I meant with the symptoms is that when you start the car which is quick or should be it is the biggest draw on the battery. The alternator's job is to put back what you lost in running the starter motor so works hard to do that right away and a loose belt will have trouble with that load.

Other is if not self adjusted new belts can stretch some and need re- adjustment after perhaps a few days of use then they stay right for quite a while. Some will guess at installing new belts a bit too tight so you don't need to go back but that's not so easy on pulley bearings. It's tough to tell a customer to please drive a while and come back.

When you did and it wasn't doing it I think they just missed it. You should be able to just feel a belt not being tight enough or see a self adjusted one out of its range new belt or not.

Never sure of anything here but this just sounds too likely the reason for this,

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