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Old 09-09-2011, 05:59 PM
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Hissing from belt area B20A5

I've been only dwelling on the forum for a while now and not really posting, I've been a bit embarrassed since I got scolded for flaming, but now I'm a little worried about my car.

My battery is starting to go flat and I've randomly been having startup problems. When I was about to leave at lunch, the car decided to snooze for a while longer and wouldn't start. It did this for about a minute and when the car finally starts I begin to hear a hissing noise coming from the belt area. The noise starts immediately and stops when I stop the engine. I originally thought one of my belts came loose, but I generally associate that with squealing. I also thought it may have had something to do with my radiator possibly having a leak somewhere, but I ruled that out since I don't see any steam and the noise is only heard when the motor is running.

Below is a quick clip showing the sound and the area it is in. I would appriciate quick feedback. I've been hoping the car would be problem free, since I've passed California smog, but I forgot that old cars have attitudes

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Re: Hissing from belt area B20A5

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The car stopped making the noise, but it's made me curious nonetheless.
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Re: Hissing from belt area B20A5

sorta sounds like the infamous Alternator belt squeal...get the alternator and battery tested for the right voltage.
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Re: Hissing from belt area B20A5

Sounds like a bearing is gone. Either alt, power steering or ac compressor. Worse case scenario, it's the timing belt tensioner pulley. Also forgot about the tensioner pulley for your power steering pump. Take that belt off first to see if it's either the tensioner pulley or the power steering pump or ac compressor. Then take off the alt belt and see id it's the alt. If you still hear it, then it's either the water pump bearing or the timing belt tensioner.
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Re: Hissing from belt area B20A5

I'll check it out. I'm going to lean towards my alternator, mainly because my battery has been running flat, the car was sitting for 3 months remember that. I think my alternator may be fine, but I'm not sure if it will give my battery enough juice trying to start if it's already flat. I never exactly finished automotive at school LOL.
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