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Old 04-04-2004, 12:12 AM   #1
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Impreza GC8 Squeak/creak at during cold start

I believe that this problem isn't electrical, so I'm posting here instead of in electrical, where I originally had it.

For a moment after the engine starts, I hear a squeaking / creaking sound. My fairly uneducated guess is that the alternator is making the sound, but I don't know exactly when the alternator begins to spin.

If the car has not cooled down completely after running for a few minutes at least, the sound does not happen when I restart it. Therefore, I suppose that either heated lubricant -- or just the warmed engine oil -- plays a role.

MY99 TS 2.2 w/ 183000km

It's only a momentary high-pitched creak lasting nearly a second. The belts are all fine; the timing belt was replaced last year. Starting the car while standing at the engine, I noticed that the noise came from near the throttle body instead of the alternator. The source was toward the back, but lower down. Oddly, it happens AFTER the engine starts completely, not before. Again, this startup noise does not happen if the engine is still even slightly warm.


Any ideas guys?
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Old 04-04-2004, 05:14 PM   #2
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5spd? could be a pilot bearing.
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Old 04-04-2004, 08:49 PM   #3
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mine does the exact same damn thing...it's friggin annoying.
Mcdade, you may be right...it started doing this last winter when i had the clutch replaced. Never thought of that.
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Old 04-04-2004, 11:29 PM   #4
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Nope. 4EAT.

Does the automatic have an equivalent to the pilot bearing?
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Old 04-30-2004, 12:03 AM   #5
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