Q: Car making loud noise upon startup

asked by on January 29, 2016

My car makes a loud noise when I start it.

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Hello. Diagnosing a noise is difficult without hearing it. This could be a belt, the starter motor, or the engine. I would recommend getting the aid of a mechanic to help isolate the noise and come up with the correct repair.

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