Every time I go to start the car (cold) it makes this horrible squeaking sound on 1996 Geo Prizm

it goes away after maybe 20 seconds or so. I've had numerous people tell me its everything from the tensioner to the power steering pump to the belt tightness.

by in Puyallup, WA on March 21, 2012
2 answers
ANSWER by on March 21, 2012
it could be any of the things mentioned but start it again when it is cold and open your hood and listen from where the sound is coming to pinpoint the source and then fix it
ANSWER by on March 21, 2012
Could be a belt slipping but sometimes the best thing to do is take it to a professional and let them keep it long enough so they hear it. On manual transmission I have heard simulary discribed noise from the clutch.