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It could be overloaded or the brushes are wearing out or the bearing could be going bad.

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the whining noise is your engines alternator bearings
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High pitched whinning sound at cold start, but lessens after driving and outside air temp increases.

I would check the idler pulleys on the belt first. Then maybe the alternator. If your battery is getting a little weak it could be working the alternator hard when you first start it up. I don't know how loud it is though. The alternator wouldn't be real noticeable but some people would hear it.

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My car is making a whinning noise to the left of the motor. Sounds like it is in the Multi Rib Belt. The Chevrolet Dealer just had a recall on the power steering and had to replace that and a few days...

this is probably your AC compressor clutch or, alternator pulley bearing
to see: carefully! while the engine is running; place a very long screwdriver or, a long
metal bar on the case of the engine, alternator, AC etc. and, up to your ear (like a stethoscope) to locate and, pinpoint the noise. we have "mechanic's stethoscopes"
we use at at the shop these can be purchased at any auto parts store if you can't find
the bar you need. let me know what you find out.

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if the car is neutral and not moving and is still making this noise it is probably in the engine, possibly in a pulley or engine component, waterpump,alternator, p/s pump check all these and see if they are making noise.

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