Chirping noise


#1

I have a chirping noise probably in the power steering pump. But maybe the alternator. Any fixes or just replace it.
2007 kia spectra.


#2

You just replace them.

Tester


#3

You really need to localize the noise before you start “throwing parts” at the problem in the hope of a fix. Perhaps you can get an automotive stethoscope to find out exactly where the noise is emanating from.
Harbor Freight has this item for a very low price.

Just be sure that nothing (clothing, hair, jewelry, etc) is dangling when you bend over your running engine in an attempt to localize the noise.


#4

Excellent advice from VDC. A mechanic’s stethoscope is dirt-cheap, it’s only a metal rod attached to a small diaphragm attached to two earpieces. I recommend it.


#5

The noise is probably from the belt. Spray a little water on the belt with a spray bottle and see if the noise goes away for a moment.


#6

Thanks


#7

Follow VDC’s advice and you will eventually find the source of the noise. Since you can’t localize the noise it may be the serpentine belt or tensioner. Try to get a squirt gun and put some water on the belt and pulleys, -keep your hands and clothes away from the belt-if the sound stops for a few seconds it is probably the belt. Avoid belt dressing sprays, they may stop the noise for a while but make a mess and can damage the belt long term.


#8

When I’ve heard a chirping noise from the engine…it’s always turned out to be a bad idler pulley or tensioner pulley. I replace them both even if one is noisy.


#9

Yeah, those are the most common places where chipmunks live.
But hey. PS pumps are members of the club too, albeit less active ones! :smiley:


#10

Something simple that might work, adjust the belt tension.


#11

I believe the '07 Spectra uses a serp belt with a tensioner. The belt tension cannot be manually adjusted.


#12

ah, can’t be adjusted? That’s the problem with guessing when your newest vehicle is 20+ years old … lol …


#13

No problem. I guess too, and often get corrected. I figure that if I inspire someone else to give the correct answer for the OP, I’ve helped even if the correct answer was given to correct my answer. :sweat_smile:


#14

Incorrect answers are sometimes as informative as correct answers. That’s how science works anyway.