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Q: Car chirping while idling

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My car is making a chirping sound while idling. When I drive, the sound goes away. I checked online and saw it mentioned that is could be a belt or pulley.

A: Hi there. A chirping sound could indicate a...

Hi there. A chirping sound could indicate an idler pulley is about to fail. The bearing in the pulley will start to break down and need replacing. Although it could be a different pulley going bad, I would recommend having a technician come out and listen for the noise and replace what is needed.

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