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04 forester with loud whine during cold start
Posted 12 February 2005 - 04:35 PM
My 04 forester X, MT has a really loud whine coming from the engine compartment when starting in -10F and below weather (I'm in Fairbanks AK, so its not unusual). It lasts for a few minutes and then goes away. Dealer says it's normal and even gave it a name...the "cold weather noise". Says they're looking into it. Anybody else have any experience with this? I really wonder what the heck it is.
Posted 14 February 2005 - 12:37 PM
Posted 14 February 2005 - 01:09 PM
I finally decided (with no actual proof) that it was the rubber belts.
The '87 may have done the same thing, but I couldn't hear it for all the other noisy protests!
Posted 14 February 2005 - 07:40 PM
It sounded like a whine from a bearing in the power steering pump or alternator? I shut the car off after about 30 seconds, and when I started it later that day, the whine was gone.
It could have been the belts, I guess.
Maybe we should just move south. I think that would help.
Posted 14 February 2005 - 10:52 PM
Posted 15 February 2005 - 10:24 AM
When I installed it, I put two layers of metal speed tape over the patch and with a wide margin. I was really thinking to protect the heating element pad, but I think it's reflecting so much heat up it's warming the whole engine compartment, so no whine.
Now, I'm sure it's the belts, and not a major problem.
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