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02 Suzuki Esteem -- oil light on and whirring noise

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Feb 7, 2013, 7:24 PM

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  post locked   02 Suzuki Esteem -- oil light on and whirring noise  

Hi again -- this is the same car as referred to in a thread I started in this forum on Dec 13 2012. At that time the problem was white smoke, battery light, and (later) dead battery. That was solved by changing the alternator and serpentine belt (aka generator belt / drive belt, I think).

Since the new alternator was installed I noticed a slight whirring noise that would go up and down with the engine speed. Didn't do anything about it though I wondered if it might be a bearing or something inside the new alternator.

Now the oil pressure light is coming on, and the whirring noise is still there, so I'm wondering if they are related. I'm pretty sure it's not engine knock (it sounds more like a fan or an impeller). Can it be the oil pump? I thought those don't usually wear out.

The oil level is fine, the oil looks normal-dirty (no metal shavings in it as far as I can tell). I don't have an oil pressure gauge so haven't checked that. And, in case it makes any difference, the weather is cold up here (often -15 to -20 Celsius / 0 to 5 Fahrenheit).

Thanks for any advice!

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Feb 8, 2013, 6:00 AM

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  post locked   Re: 02 Suzuki Esteem -- oil light on and whirring noise  

You need to put this information in your original thread. That way there is no confusion. You have a new thread on the same subject when there is an unresolved thread still open. Locking this thread.

Since we volunteer our time and knowledge, we ask for you to please follow up when a problem is resolved.

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