More likely, its the alternator belt. The alternator belt drives the
water pump, which in turn, via the power steering belt, drives the
power steering pump. The alternator belts on Hyundais need to be
tensioned very tight to keep them from squealing. Usually, any
movement of the belt when applying light finger pressure (with car
off!) will lead to a squeak or squeal.
> On Feb 23, 3:02 pm,
> > > Ever since I got the a few belts replaced, my 1999 Hyundai
> Accent GSI
> > > squeals like a pig when it's cold. This usually lasts for
> about a
> > > minute and then goes away. I also hear this squeal
> occasionally if I
> > > turn the wheel all the way one way or the other.
> > > What is this? And is it something that has to be fixed or
> can wait a
> > > while.
> > Turning the wheel uses the power steering pump. I don't
> know about your
> > model, but many of them have an nternal pressure relief
> valve that will
> > squeal when full over to one side or the other. It would
> not normally make
> > any noise when not turning. Squeal can come from a
> defective idler pully
> > bearing, pump or alternator bearing, pully mis-alignment,
> worn belt, too
> > tight a belt.
> > > My manual mentions something about the front disc brakes
> > > indicators that make a high pitched squeal if the brakes
> > > replacing. Is this the problem?
> > The wear indicators are only heard when the car is moving.
> I think it is the power steering belt as it is the exact same
> sound as
> when I turn the wheel all the way to the left or right.
> Next time I get an oil change, I'll get them to check it out.
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