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I have a 2001 Ford Taurus LX which is currently in Mexico. A while ago, we heard a noise like a screeching serpentine belt ... it has been replaced and eliminated as the cause of the noise. I took it to a Ford dealer in Mexico and they say I need to replace two pulleys re: serpentine belt and an injector (the noise according to them is an injector and they need 10 hours to do the work ...on camshaft). Meanwhile, I bought some injector cleaner for $4.50 and the noise has diminished considerably. I am thinking it may go away entirely. I am thinking that I should add another bottle and see what the results will be. I use injector cleaner regularly but a much better brand then I was able to get this time. What do you think? I am not entirely comfortable with this dealership and want to take the car back to Canada in May ... is that likely to be a problem even with a noisy injector? Meanwhile, I am waiting for a call from them to do the work!! Thanks for your help. Steve Hawrishok

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In my analysis the noise is originating from the camshaft sensor drive shaft which is located on top of the water pump.you can see the sensor which is a round thing just near the ac accumulator.you need a qualified mech. to do this.The noise is the result of no lubrication going to the shaft.

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