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I have a 2001 Xterra and last summer paid to have the belt replaced because there was a loud screeching noise each time I started it up. It is making the noise again and now I hear a whining noise when I turn the corner (mostly turning to the left). The noise seems to go away when I have driven for a few miles but the screeching happens each time I start the car. What could it be?

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Amanda J. Pierce, MBA Kelley, Your belt may be adjust slightly too tight, which can give you feedback when initial and persistent tension in put on the belt from start up and constant tension from turning a corner. I would return to the shop anytime you have a repair completed that you are not satisfied with.

Barb Petrey, President - DBK Enterprises Inc at Jiffy Lube It could be a tensioner or a pulley on the power steering or one of the other pumps. If the noise is like a chirping it could be just that the white letters on belt need to be rubbed off

Laurie Sarno, Co-Owner at Super Girls Auto Hello Kelley- it sounds like you might have a bad belt tensioner or idler pulley - so have it checked by a reputable mechanic & they can tell you which one it is - hope this helps- thanks Super Girls Auto.

Suzanne Grego, Technician at City of Philadelphia Fleet Management Kelley, You may have a bad pulley that is distorting the size of the belt. I would pay special attention to the steering pump pulley. If you are going to check them yourself, be very careful to do it with the vehicle off. Never touch anywhere near the belt or pulleys with the car running. Suzanne

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