weird noise in the morning

Hi,
My '01 wagon started to make a funny noise in the morning when I start it in the morning. It is more like a screeching type noise and it only lasts 1 second when I crank it. The temperature these days in the
morning is just below zero C. Last week was quite warmer but no noise occured. Could it be a loose belt or something else? Thanks for your advice.
Ahmet
'01 wagon 1.6 liter Turkey
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Mine does this too 1.6 Zetec 5 door 2001 I thought it was something to do with the starter motor??

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It's probably just your belt slipping in one of the pulleys. Those of us who live in cold weather countries are accustomed to it. Nothing for you to worry about.
Rob
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Nothing to worry about, as others said it has to do with lower temps and humidity conditions. Had the same thing myself and was definitely diagnosed by ford central dealer as such. No starter, flywheel problems etc. If you do go ahead and replace the belt, the fresh flexibile material will make it go away but I think its a waste of money..
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As Specter said, it is almost certainly a loose belt. Tight it slightly or buy some belt dressing and spray it on; the noise will cease. Good luck. jor

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you use belt dressing you have to always use it. I'd rather just tighten or replace a worn belt. Anyone else use belt dressing? Dan
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Dan wrote:

No. It's BS, it's the kind of thing you might use to silence a squealing belt temporarily so you can sell the car to an unsuspecting victim.
What is this tightening of which you speak? I am under the impression that the Focus, as nearly all cars do nowadays, uses a spring tensioner on a serpentine belt, and unless the tensioner fails, the belt tension never needs to be adjusted.
I had a problem with my 2000 SE Wagon's serpentine belt, it would squeal and slip (headlights would dim noticeably) after driving through puddles. I found that either the factory left off the lower splash shield or the mechanic forgot to replace it after R&R'ing the transmission to repair an input shaft leak.
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Jor. That's not what I said, at all. I don't believe there's need to take any action. It's just a trivial occurrence that'll go away on its own, just as soon as the temperature or humidity changes.
Rob
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I just re-read your post and sure enough, you aren't recommending tightening. I just checked my Chilton's and you can't tighten the belt anyhow as someone else mentioned. There is a tensioner and when it fails to keep the serpentine belt tight, it has to be replaced. With the exception of a recent brake job I don't work on my Focus so I guess I better do some reading before any more pontificating! I prefer my old pickup anyhow. Thanks. jor

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