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A squilling noise while driving, but not all the time,new brakes,

There is a high pitched squilling noise when car is moving, but not all the time, has new brakes and rotors and serpenteen belt is in good shape, has all new tires too, almost sounds like it is coming from passenger side

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Water pump bearings ,change it a bit quick if it is ,but get a hands on answer from a proper mechanic and not a spares counter assistant.and no iam not popping around for a quick look as 10 hrs on a plane doesnt help my back

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