Date: Sun, 15 Aug 2004 13:18:06 GMT
From: - Bob - <>
Subject: Re: NG 900SE vacumm sound at startup  ?

On Sun, 15 Aug 2004 07:53:29 GMT, "Joe_Black" <> wrote: >When I start my car I hear what appears to be a vacuum (Hoover) sound in the >engine compartment that lasts for about 4-5 mins then shuts itself off >...any idea what this is ? it doesn't matter what time of day or the temp >outside is doesn't really bug me ..its just rather loud and I noticed >it a few months ago ....Thanks. > You need to get in there an track it down. Open the hood and start listening to find a general area. If you don't have a mechanic's stethoscope, buy a 3 feet of 3/8" plastic tubing, put one end in your ear, cover the other ear, and move it around the various components until you pin it down. Don't get it caught in something that moves! I'd bet on a serpentine belt driven accessory myself (water pump, A/C, idler pulleys, PS pump) but it's just a guess. A quick check for that area its to put a 1/2" socket into the tensioner socket, release the tension on the serp belt, put a small driver or similar in the "holder" spot. Make sure the belt is relaxed but in position. Start the car. See if the noise is gone. Don't run the car for more than a minute or two like this and _only_ when it's cold. You will do serious damage if you run for too long. Again, just a couple of minutes at most! If the noise goes away with the belt loose, you know it's a belt driven item. Start checking those. Be extra careful around that belt. It can grab your hose/stethescope easily.

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