During the extreme cold we've had recently (morning temps at or 10 degrees), I've noticed that upon initially starting my car, there is a squeal (sounds like a squeaky shopping cart wheel) coming from the alternator. The serpentine belt was replaced at 103k miles by Honda and has since been inspected by a local Honda dealer who said the belt is fine and has the correct tension.
The squeal does go away as soon as I drive off or if I let the car warm up for 2-4 minutes. On other cars I've had, this usually means the alternator is about to go. So I took it to a local auto parts store where they ran a load test on the electrical and charging system, everything appeared normal.
Can this squeal be attributed to the cold and is something I shouldn't worry about, or should I plan on looking for a new alternator soon?
have the same problem?
Sunday, March 1st, 2015 AT 6:14 AM