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#1 Old Jan 25th, 2005, 12:39 AM
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screeching sound when starting engine

I just bought a 2001 Nissan Pathfinder Se. Truck runs great however, I notice a screeching sound when I start the car. The sound last for about 12 seconds then goes away. Originally i thought it was radiator, because at first i would just turn the heater off and the sound would go away. Now im realizing that does not work anymore. The screeching sound only comes on when i start turn the key and the engine starts for about 12 seconds.
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#2 Old Jan 25th, 2005, 12:59 AM
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I just bought a 2001 Nissan Pathfinder Se. Truck runs great however, I notice a screeching sound when I start the car. The sound last for about 12 seconds then goes away. Originally i thought it was radiator, because at first i would just turn the heater off and the sound would go away. Now im realizing that does not work anymore. The screeching sound only comes on when i start turn the key and the engine starts for about 12 seconds.
Could it be your belts squealing (needing tightening or replacement), or is it a different kind of sound?
#3 Old Jan 25th, 2005, 06:43 AM
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Sounds like the fan belt. I had the same sound when I just did a timing belt change and replaced all the belts, left the fan belt a little bit loose and it screeched like crazy. Easy to tighten.

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probably a belt or tensioner pulley
#5 Old Jan 25th, 2005, 01:15 PM
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Sounds like the fan belt. I had the same sound when I just did a timing belt change and replaced all the belts, left the fan belt a little bit loose and it screeched like crazy. Easy to tighten.

did the sound your heard last for like 10 seconds and then went away once you started driving???

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#6 Old Jan 25th, 2005, 01:32 PM
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As most have said "belt adjustment". There is an outside chance that you have a slight leak in your water pump. Or the pump is ready to go all together. Try some water pump lubricant if the belt tightening doesn't do it.
#7 Old Jan 25th, 2005, 03:45 PM
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As most have said "belt adjustment". There is an outside chance that you have a slight leak in your water pump. Or the pump is ready to go all together. Try some water pump lubricant if the belt tightening doesn't do it.
The belts around the pulleys seem very tight to me(I was not able to budge them).

The problem only happens intermittently. Once in every 5 times i start up my pathfinder??
#8 Old Jan 25th, 2005, 04:49 PM
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Sounds like your alternator belt. Turn on your heater blower and headlights before starting car in the morning, rev it a little. If it does it, you have found it.

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