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2000 Chevrolet Malibu Question: Car makes whistling/squealing sound only when I start to accelerate and slow.

 

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AutoBun, Fresh Meadows, NY, August 10, 2014, 14:10
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The whistling sound is fairly straightforward but there are little details that are weird.

I noticed maybe 1 or 2 weeks ago that the car would make a whistling sound, not a high pitched one but a fairly middle-high sort of tone. It would make this sound when I put the car and drive and maybe just start to gas it but NOT all of the time. By the time I am at a regular speed it has gone.

But sometimes when I slow down the sound will return and go away when the car has come to a complete stop. But this is not a constant pattern. It is on and off. Only recently could I say it has become more frequent but even then I hesitate.

Also the sound seems to definitely be coming from under the hood possibly from the back of the car but I think front may be more likely.

I read briefly on a few car/car repair forums that it could be anything from an AC compressor going out, a vacuum leak, fan belt, bad water pump, among others. I tried turning the AC on, which I have kept off for pretty much the entirety of the Summer and I heard the sound only once when I resumed driving. BUT, when I revved, the engine seemed noticeably louder; almost like it was laboring though the car drove just fine.

One other thing. Before it sounded as if the origin of the whistle was coming from the passenger side of the car. Just as of today it sounded as though it originated from the driver's side. So I'm really confused now.
The car seems to drive just fine and the engine the day before sounded good if not great. I'm hoping it is nothing related to the engine.

*Few Notes:
The oil was changed in June
The tires were replaced recently. Though the sound started before this. I was however driving on a really bad passenger side tire for a while.
There is a short on the panel that contains the left turn signal. The bad bulb was changed and I plan to find a new panel as soon as Monday.

I greatly appreciate any ideas as to what the problem is. I tried to be as detailed as possible but if you need more please let me know.

Thanks.

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