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Slight whine from inside the cabin

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Hey everyone, I'm new to this thread. So last night I stopped to get the mail and turned the car off and then when I got back in I noticed a slight whining sound coming from the passenger side of the engine bay, or at least I think it is. I then turned the car off and back on to see if it would return, and sure enough it did. The car had been running fine and I hadn't noticed any noise for the 20 minutes or so previous.

This afternoon I turned the car back on to see if it would happen again and sure enough (garage kept about 35 F outside) driving to the store and back. I'm not sure what it is, and I've done a good amount of research around for this issue. People seem to think its the drive belt, or one of the pulleys, but I'd love to get your feedback. I took a video of it hoping to get this figured out. Its a very slight sound but you should be able to pick it up.

Car has just over 101k, I changed the oil and filter about 2k miles ago, mixture of highway and city driving, only hear it at idle or low speeds, not sure if it goes away at high speeds or I just can't hear it.

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Thanks everyone, I try to take great care of my care and this has me worried.
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The PS level is about 1/3 up from the Lower Level point. I'll go to auto zone tomorrow and pick up some more fluid to top it off and see how that works.

The whine still appears when the car is warmed up and after driving for 15+, it seems to follow the RPM of the car, as when the car is cold its a high idle and its louder and as it warms up the idle lowers, thus the whine follows with it.


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Issue fixed. This morning I was driving and all of a sudden while sitting at a stop light about 6 minutes into my drive I got a message on the dash saying, check charging system with the battery logo, I kept driving and then it appeared again only this time with the seat belt light and air bag light on. More lights continued to come on, until I hit a stop light when my dash started fading with the lights then the dials died as thought the power was out. I was able to get the car up to speed and while getting up to speed the cluster came to life and everything was fine. I kill the radio, heat, heated seat and even the headlights and was able to take it into the dealership.

They told me it was the alternator and also that my drive belt didn't need it but should be replaced as it will need it soon anyway. I had them fix those and $800 later, no more whine and I have full power!! Only down side was they said they topped the fluids but yet my PS fluid is still where it was last night and they said I should get it drained and replaced as its dark. I figured I'll save the $150 and do it myself in a few weekends. Thanks tottenham12712 for the advice.
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