Recently my '99 Honda CRV when starting makes a high pitched sound for about 30 seconds then stops,once the car warms up it is fine. I am the only owner and have always maintenance my vehicle and don't want to get hosed. What could be causing this problem?
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1999 Honda CR-V Question: high pitched sound
Answer #1patrick mannion from Greg Solow's Engine Room, April 12, 2009, 23:05Master
The biggest electrical load on a car is the starter motor. The starter motor get energy/electricity from the battery when you start the car. The car's alternator then ties to recharge/replenish the energy taken out of the battery by the starter motor once the engine has started. The fan belt that drives the alternator is loose or degraded and needs to be adjusted or replaced. Because the alternator puts a heavy load on the engine trying to recharge the battery the fan belt will slip if it is not properly tensioned. A belt will cost $20 to $25 and .6 to .7h to replace.