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I have a 2003 Honda Accord. It has 76,000 miles. I hear a lot of noise coming from the front end when first turned on in morning. Gets louder in the cold. Once the car is warm the sound disappears. Any ideas?

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You'll need to find out where the noise is coming from first.
Is it making the noise before you start driving the car ?
Does it sound like its coming from the passenger side of the engine ?
It could be the serpentine belt or something mechanical.

Posted on Jan 08, 2013

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  • Russell Callahan Jan 08, 2013

    Stephen, Thanks for your help. I have narrowed it to the right front end (passenger side). My step dad and I looked at the serpentine belt and everything seems to be acting normally. The interesting thing is that the sound only occurs when you start the vehicle. Once the car warms the noise stops.

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    Stephen Jan 08, 2013

    That is normal when the belt is glazed or slipping. The alternator puts an extra load on the belt when you first start the engine while it charges the battery back up and the belt warms up.

  • Russell Callahan Jan 08, 2013

    So the belts slipping and needs to be replaced, one of the pulleys needs replacing? How can I fix the sound?

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    Stephen Jan 08, 2013

    If the belt is glazed, you would replace it. If it is slipping, either the belt has stretched or something is going on with the tensioner that keeps it tight.

  • Russell Callahan Jan 14, 2013

    So here is what I came up with and this is the fix. It's an O-Ring that needs to be replaced in the power steering line. For more info watch this youtube video.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GR5QN3A3...

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That's indicative of a wheel bearing, which is why you were told to change that out. However, it's also possible that the carrier bearings in the differential (where the drive axles attach) have gone bad. That happened to me on my 300ZX several years ago, and I had to replace the diff bearings. I would have them checked out somewhere other than a dealer (you'll probably get a better price from an independent shop).

As a sidenote, to be sure it wasn't a wheel bearing, if you hear it quiet down in a turn one way but get louder in a turn the opposite way, it's likely the wheel bearing. If you turn left at speed and it gets louder, then it's the right bearing (since you're loading up that side of the car). If it gets quieter in a right turn, it's the right side (you're unloading that side of the car and not putting as much weight on it, so it doesn't drag as badly). See if you get that symptom just to be sure that the wrong side front wheel bearing wasn't changed.

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its proberly what they call a secondary air intake pump - what this does is increase the air flow only on cold start up - the colder it is the longer it stays on - if the noise gets louder and you will notice - get it changed - we have the same problem over here on the vauxhall omega and corsa's - bless em got to be GM

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