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Old 10-30-2020, 12:25 AM   #2
Patrick Olsen
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It's always tough to diagnose noise through the intarwebs, but to me that does sound like it could be a bad bearing in one of the timing belt idlers or the timing belt tensioner.

It wouldn't be a huge amount of work to take off the timing belt covers and see if that helps you hear where the noise is coming from.

On the other hand, it might be easier / better to buy a nice, reliable Civic or Corolla or whatever and throw some good winter tires on it.
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