Northstar Engines and System Technical Discussion Discussion, Northstar question! in Cadillac Engine Technical Discussion; I recently purchased a Fleetwood Limited, a 98. I love this car. It's used, had one owner, has 38,000 miles.
I recently purchased a Fleetwood Limited, a 98. I love this car. It's used, had one owner, has 38,000 miles.
If anyone has more information on Fleetwood Limiteds, let me know. All I have is the brochure and information regarding it. I'd still like to know more.
Anyway, now to my question...
I started hearing a small sound, almost like a belt squeeling, going off and on. The sound started getting worse, almost like a bearing.(I immediatly thought alternator.) When I first start the vehicle, now, the sound doesn't exist. The longer I drive it, the worse it gets. I was sitting parked in a alley, idling, the sound got almost unbearable to the point where it was something we had to talk over. Speak louder than normal. The sound almost sounds like a tension or alternator. The sound changes though, that's what I don't understnad. It also doesn't start, or do it all the time.
I had a horrible squeeking coming from the tensioner... I replaced it, and now it's 90% better. For some reason, I still get random squeeks. I haven't isolated that cause, but it may be the alternator bearing, since everything else is brand new.
There's only so many things that can squeak or grind, so you can try to isolate it with a piece of hose held up to your ear, with the other end (carefully) placed near the various pullies.