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Identify this sound

When I start my truck at -15°C or colder it screams like a Banshee. Not every time but maybe every 2nd or 3rd start up. Of course I had it at the dealer overnight so they could hear and all was quiet. This morning I was prepared to record it and here it is.

This is recorded by the Frontier emblem on the grill, fan clutch?
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I can't watch the video right now but I'm going to say its probably the serpentine belt or the tensioner or both. The belt tensioner like to make horrible noises when it starts to go out. Also if the belt becomes glazed at all you will get a sound similar to what you describe.


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Sounds like the tensioner to me.
They are known for going bad.
That would be my guess, see what others chime in with.


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Its hard to tell for sure with the amount of other noises going on in the clip but I would say that glamisdude was right in his guess. I did my belt and tensioner the other weekend and it was pretty easy. Its also probably the cheapest option to start with. I paid $70 at O'Reilly's for the belt and tensioner made by Gates. I chose to go with aftermarket parts on purpose since the OEM tensioners are known to go out prematurely. I have no idea if the aftermarket replacements are any better but I figured it was worth a try.

The replacement was easy.

1. Make sure you have a 14mm ratcheting combination wrench and a non-ratcheting 15mm combination wrench.

2. Disconnect the negative battery cable (you'll be working with your hands touching the fan, saving your stored stations on your radio is not worth it).

3. Stick a ratchet in the square hole in the front of the tensioner and rotate the tensioner counter-clockwise to release tension.

4. While holding the tensioner in this position, slide the belt off of the idler pulley (make sure you take it off the idler pulley and not the tensioner first, trust me).

5. Remove the belt from the rest of the pulleys.

6. Now grab the wrenches I told you to get in step 1. If you skipped step 1, go get yourself a beer because you'll need it in a minute.

7. Place the box end of your 14mm wrench on the tensioner bolt with the handle and the open end facing up. Hook the box end of your 15mm wrench on the open end of your 14mm wrench for extra leverage and even more importantly, to keep your hands away from the sharp fan blades that will cut the hell out of you. See the bottom of this post if you have no idea what I'm talking about with the 2 wrenches. Now break the bolt loose.

8. If you skipped step 1, open the beer you got in step 6. You'll need it in a second.

9. Use the ratcheting 14mm wrench I told you to get to get the bolt the rest of the way out. I found the best way was to hold the wrench to the left side of the radiator. If you didn't get a ratcheting wrench this bolt will seem like it is never going to come all the way out as you continue to slice your hands and or arms on the fan blades and probably drop your wrench multiple times. Apply the treatment you got in step 6 as needed. (Note: this treatment should be administered orally, not topically.)

10. Repeat steps in reverse to reassemble.

This should give you an idea what I'm talking about with the 2 wrenches. I just got this picture online, its obviously not from this job.
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My tensioner didn't sound quite like that. It was more of a rhythmic chirping.

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If it's still under warranty (tensioner), play the recording for the service dept at the dealer's. They've probably heard something like it before and it should give them a place to start. Make sure you hit them up for a courtesy car as it could take some time for them to complete the diagnosis/repair. You might have to spring for a new belt, it may not be covered as a wear item but stick to your guns that you want the tensioner checked thoroughly. Don't be a jerk about it, but don't let them jerk you around either.
If they do the repair under warranty, it will save you a few band-aids, and you can still enjoy the beer.

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I was going to say bearings, belts, and or a combo.

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Re: Identify this sound

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My tensioner didn't sound quite like that. It was more of a rhythmic chirping.
I thought I could hear somewhat of a chirping combined with a normal belt squeal through the other noise in the clip. I could be wrong though. My tensioner also made a rhythmic chirping.

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This is what my belt tensioner sounded like:

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