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Squealing noise in 2002 Nissan Sentra

My sentra is making this high pitch squealing noise when i start it up. What is causing this problem?

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Seems like a drive belt problem, to confirm pour some water on belts the noise should go away or may get louder for a second. If either happens the belt or belts needs to be adjusted or replaced. Good Luck, If I fixed ya, leave me a FIX-YA comment thanks

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