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Old 12-02-2009
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Whining noise when I start my truck?

Is my starter or alternator going out? like when i turn the key its makes a whine, then starts. it never did that till it got cold, so i was figuring that. step dad says it may be my starter, so im not too sure. was thinking of replacing it anyways but thats a big chunk of money. 119 or 144 at autozone.
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my guess is the alt but id wait and see if you start having batt problems ... could just be too much tension on a belt or something
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is it a high or low pitch whine? My power steering pump whines when I first start it up for a while, then settles down.
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my first thought was ps too but he said he hasnt started the truck yet when it starts doing this
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my truck seems to have a low pitch groan in N, park, or in 1st gear moving very slow...
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the whine goes away right away after start up. so im not too sure, and i didnt start noticing this until it got cold. i mean when i start it throughout the day it starts real good, just mornings. im not too sure if i should wait it out till it gets warm again, then judge. or should i replace it now, before it gets worse if anythings wrong
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How cold is it out? And does it whine while your starting? or with the Key in the on postion.. When my truck was parked for 6 days at tempetures below -20C It had trouble starting and the engine whined for a good 10 min till it warmed up.
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