I have a 2013 Kia Sorento with 56k miles on it. Recently, it has developed a whir/whistle noise that is correlated with acceleration.
Opening the hood, it sounds like its coming from the drive belt (I think its the drive belt. I haven’t found a good diagram yet). The manual states to start checking belts at 60k miles so it might fit…
Anyways, the belt itself doesn’t appear to have any cracks and as far as I can tell, which isn’t saying much, the tension looks ok.
The sound itself seems to be localized to the wheel attached to the alternator (I think, again no good diagram. Its at the back of the engine looking towards the back of the car).
I have the 2.4l GDI.
Big question is I’m about to start on my drive from GA back to MD and need to know if this is something that needs to be fixed sooner rather than later. What is the worst case scenario (it breaks during the drive) ?