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Old 10-25-2012, 10:47 AM
 
Location: In the city
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We have a 2005 Honda Civic that is beaten to hell and its making a loud squeal when its turned on after sitting for a while. I seem to recall that this could be the timing belt? If it is, how much does it typically cost to replace it? I am in New Orleans (I know this can vary by location). Is this something that the non-car savvy should attempt by themselves?

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Old 10-25-2012, 11:08 AM
 
Location: Northern MN
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I'd be looking at the alternator, battery and the alternator belt first.

When you car sits for a while the battery gets drained and a bad battery will lose it's charge.
When you start it this puts a load on the ALT and this will cause a loose belt to squeal, but so can a bad alternator.

if you timing belt was squealing (slipping) your timing would be off and your car would not run correctly

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We have a 2005 Honda Civic that is beaten to hell and its making a loud squeal when its turned on after sitting for a while. I seem to recall that this could be the timing belt? If it is, how much does it typically cost to replace it? I am in New Orleans (I know this can vary by location). Is this something that the non-car savvy should attempt by themselves?

Thanks!

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Old 10-26-2012, 09:23 AM
 
Location: Lake Mary, Florida
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Rule the ALT, AC, PS belts out first, how old and what is the condition of them? Does it also do it on a hot day accelerating from a stop light?

If so I would point to the belts being loose if newer and in good condition or needing replaced if older and glazed, cracked or shows wear.

Could be a load issue with the alternator or AC, make sure AC is off relieving it's load and disqualify it as a culprit.

Power steering load is typically only when steering wheel is turned.

Hope this helps,
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Old 10-26-2012, 09:54 AM
 
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I doubt very much that it would be the timing belt making the noise as the timing belt has teeth in it that fit in the cam shaft pully,this belt wont slip it will just break without warning usually destroying the engine in the process., if any of your accessory belts are loose they will definitely squeal on start up,tighten or replace them.
Heres a Civic timing belt, think $500-$800 to replace . If it breaks while driving you gonna basically need a new motor.
http://www.wonderbart.com/images/07/...belt_01193.jpg
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Old 10-26-2012, 06:35 PM
 
Location: Eastern Washington
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You can spray a little water on the v-belts or serpentine belt and if the sound changes pitch or goes away, you have found the source of the noise. Or just turn the headlights on while it's squealing, the increased load on the alternator will generally mean the noise gets louder.
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Old 10-26-2012, 06:49 PM
 
Location: The High Seas
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Probably the serpentine belt. Just get it replaced. It's due.
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Old 10-27-2012, 06:53 PM
 
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Friend let me give you some good advice..It is very easy to guess what a problem might or might not be before you OPEN THE HOOD AND LOOK.. GEZZ
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