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Squealling during cold start

There is a 10-20 second squeal when i start my car in cold weather.is this the serpentine belt? does it need replacing.no squealling in warm weather

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  • Anonymous Jan 04, 2009

    squeal is a little longer and as power steering warms up it stops. possible replace pump?

  • masterc9 Jan 08, 2009

    i have the squeal when cold and it stops when fluid is warm the squeal comes back if i have to make hard turn. i have bled the system. what type of fluid do i use? clear or red atf?

  • cerobbins2 Jan 13, 2009

    I have the same issue on my 2005 Kia Spectra. It squeals for about 15-20 seconds on initial starting, and also squeals if I make hard turns while driving. Just had all the belts replaced, so will go back to Meineke and have them checked out again since their under warranty.

  • Anonymous Mar 14, 2014

    when weather gets cold wont start weather warm starts right up

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Yes and cheak power stering belt and fluids ok

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