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Loud whine coming from engine

When I start my Buick it makes a very loud whine but will become more quite when I shift into reverse or drive. Its still there but less apparent. The whine will become loud again when I push on the accelerator enough to keep my speed up. Not sure if it is related but the car will also stutter for a couple of seconds when trying to start. I had the battery replaced thinking it might be that. What could be the problem? Ive replaced the serpentine belt and water pump which I was told could be the problem but still stuck with this annoying noise.

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    Scott Cauley Apr 15, 2014

    No my check engine light has never come on. Since you mention power steering fluid I do remember a few years ago when I got my oil changed I was advised to get the power steering flushed because the fluid had become black. However, I listened to a family member who said that I should never change it and never got it done.

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The whining sound that you here could be coming from a number of places. It may be a coincidence but I think you may be talking about the transmission's pump. You may want to buy a stethoscope. This tool, if properly and carefully used, will help pin point a mechanical noise. Other possibilities are the power steering pump, tensioner and idler bearing, A/C compressor or A/C clutch, or Alternator. I hope this helps, write back if you have any other questions, good luck.

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Testimonial: "I believe someone in my family has a stethoscope lying around. What exactly would I need to do to pinpoint whether or not its the transmission?"

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    Larry Blais Apr 14, 2014

    Sound will travel around an engine compartment and will confuse you. A stethoscope will remove the echoing and help you pin point the source.With the engine running and making the noise, touch the end of the wand to different parts of the engine and listen for that same noise. As you get closer to the source, the sound will get louder through your stethoscope. Start at the front of the engine, test each componant one by one. If the pullies all pass, including the alternator, water-pump, and A/C unit. Then slowly probe the engine and work back to the transmission. It will take some time but you will see what I'm talking about as soon as you start probing around the engine. I hope that helps, let me know and good luck.

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Does your SES light come on? Have you checked your power steering fluid?

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    Scott Cauley Apr 15, 2014

    My check engine light has never come on but since you mention power steering fluid about a year ago when I got my oil changed I was advised to flush the power steering system because the fluid had turned black. However, listening to a family member I didnt get it done. Perhaps I should get that checked again.

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dead and will start your car it could have a bad cell
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The serpentine belt area is large. Remove belt and spin the IDLER PULLY of the belt TENSIONER. and listen for a bearing noise. A common failure. Hope this helps

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try to find one out of a car with under 100K miles on it.

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