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2000 Kia Sephia Noise underneath the alternator and fan belt

I have gone through all the problems of random starting problems and replaced everything possible...NOW there is a terrible sound, like an old washing machine, coming from under the alternator & fan belt. The belts are fine, but before I put in another $500 plus into this car, I am wondering if anyone has any idea what may be causing this, or has had a similar problem. It runs, but I do not dare drive it, even to the mechanic, am on Soc Security, limited income so cannot have it towed either. Could it be the water pump? ($500) or something simpler? Any suggestions would be welcome. Thanks

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Ok if the noise is there all the time then it may still be the alternator but do this if is not to check it yourself start the car turn the headlights on, if no nose, then turn on the heater, then turn on the a/c if the noise starts during any of this its probably going to be the alternator been through this all night tonight replaced the belts first and still has a loud screaching noise after I turn on the heater and or A/C you can have the alternator load tested for free at any Autozone if you have them around because alternators are about 175 new not cheap tell me about it as I have to buy one now but this how we eliminated the other stuff before spending a ton of money on it hope this helps have a great day

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