Squeeking noise under hood


#1

I was driving my car when I stopped at a red light. After being there for about 20 seconds I heard a squeeking noise from where the belts are in the engine compartment. I obviously wasn’t going step out of my car and pop open my hood, but I decided to put the car in park for a second and the noise went away.



I tried to reproduce these conditions in a parking log but I wasn’t able to. I was wondering if anyone had any ideas what this could be. I had taken it to my mechanic a week back to check all the belts and he said they looked fine.



Another side note which is unrelated, when I tried to pop open the hood, the hood was already open, and I am certain that I closed it the last time I was under there. I double checked the latches and what not to make sure they will still strong and working as they should, last thing I need is the hood to fly open when I go on my 400 mile road trip today.



Any thoughts are welcome.



P.S. this is a 1999 Kia Sephia, automatic transmission I4.




#2

Oh I forgot to mention its has about 104,000 miles.


#3

The squeaking noise may have been the start of a worn pulley bearing.

Possibly from an alternator or perhaps the belt tensioner.

I’ll not comment on the hood.


#4

The sqeaking noise mayy have been from the hood. Sometimes if something isn’t secured metal-to-metal rubbing will sqeak.

You’ve done all the right things. I’d sleep soundly and assume it was the hood. By the way. federal regulations require that a secondary “safety latch” be built into all hood systems to prevent the dangerous situation you’re describing. You can sleep soundly.