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Sqeak at start when cold

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by HuntnTruk, Feb 25, 2011.

  1. Feb 25, 2011 at 4:58 AM
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    HuntnTruk

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    For all you northern boys. My truck is a month old and it seems I have developed a small squeak at start up. It starts at the very end of the crank cycle and lasts until the truck starts, so only a half second. So its more like a chirp. I noticed it only when really cold, we had been well below zero at night for a couple days this week but last night it was a warm 30 degrees.

    I have researched and a likely culprit might be belt tension but considering this truck only has 1000 miles on it, I find that hard to believe. I dont want the dealer tearing my truck apart quite yet.

    So any insight would be great because this bothers me only becuase I plan on driving this thing to the ground and I dont want a sqeauky truck for 15 years or whatever.

    BTW 2011 6 Speed Manual, TRD OR, Access 4x4

    Thanks
     
  2. Feb 25, 2011 at 6:54 AM
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    Have you checked the belt tension? Rule of thumb is about 1" play.
     
  3. Feb 25, 2011 at 7:05 AM
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    "warm 30 degrees" lol. That's a winter storm here in TX. I really wouldn't worry about it unless it affects the performance of the truck. It does sounds like a belt issue, especially being in frigid temps most of the time. Check your belt for any cracks or glazed coating.If so, replace. Does it occur the rest of the day after the truck is warm?
     
  4. Feb 25, 2011 at 7:25 AM
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    Have not checked the belt tension figuring it was in spec being brand new. It only occurs when the truck has been sitting over night in cold.

    Not complaining I just want to figure out where it's coming from. I'm an engineer so I can't help it haha
     
  5. Feb 25, 2011 at 7:36 AM
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    I wasnt kidding when I said a warm 30 degrees. When the sun is shining and it's still below zero. That's cold
     
  6. Feb 25, 2011 at 7:45 AM
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    Get a block heater. I have one on my truck and it helps out a lot. Most dealers will have them for around $70 but there are places online you can get them for cheaper. Being in Alaska cheaper online is not necessarily cheaper in the end.
     
  7. Feb 25, 2011 at 7:51 AM
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    All the time or just when its cold out is it noisy?
     
  8. Feb 25, 2011 at 8:25 AM
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    crap bolted and welded together....
    mine is the same way, belt looks good, tension is good, but squeaks like a SOB until truck is warm.
     
  9. Feb 25, 2011 at 8:34 AM
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    Mine does the same thing. It was -38 with the windchill this morning and i forgot to plug in last night :eek:. But it fired up made the noise and then was good to go. wouldnt worry about it if i were you.
     
  10. Feb 25, 2011 at 10:36 AM
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    Had squeaky belts on several vehicles when it was cold. The belts get stiff and they "freeze" around the pulleys and takes a little to free them up. Same with some tires. When they get really cold, the rubber "freezes" and the tires are out of round until they are driven a little ways. Used to make a thump every time they hit the flat spot.
     
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