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Old 10-07-2002, 11:43 AM
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500e problem

When I start my 500E after it has been sitting a while (generally at least 2 days), upon start-up, I hear a loud, high-pitched squeal coming from the very front of the car. It lasts about 5-15 seconds and then stops. Sometimes, it sounds almost like tires squealing against a very smooth floor, but it's definitely not the tires.

Any ideas? Thanks in advance.

1992 500E
143k miles
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Old 10-07-2002, 12:02 PM
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Sounds like a dried out belt.

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Old 10-07-2002, 12:38 PM
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i believe you want to get your fan / poly V-belt checked & adjusted
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Old 10-07-2002, 01:32 PM
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>easy to source the sound with a mechanics stethescope

>just start touching various parts and you'll hear it magnified (or not hear it)

>air pump, H20 pump, pulleys, a/c compressor, etc,. may also be remote (less likely) sources of noise

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