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Old 04-19-2009, 08:11 AM   #1
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Question Squealing noise when I start and turn air conditioner on?

I have a '99 Wrangler manual with 99k miles. Sometimes when I start it, it makes this earsplitting squealing noise for about 10 seconds, then stops. It also squeals when I turn the air conditioner on high. I know absolutely nothing about cars, so I don't even know where to begin to look for problems. Is it some kind of belt? Whats a ballpark price to fix this?

I just bought this Jeep for my 19th birthday a couple weeks ago because I've always dreamed of owning one, but it's pretty embarrassing when it squeals in my quiet little neighborhood. It's in excellent condition, I know the previous owner and he had it serviced all the time and there's never been any problems with it. He never took it offroading (I know, what a loser), and it's never been in an accident. So if someone could point me in the right direction, I'd greatly appreciate it

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Old 04-19-2009, 08:14 AM   #2
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This should be a simple fix. You either need to tighten the accesorie belt on your jeep or replace it. The belt is only about 20$ if you do it yourself, and it can be done with hand tools.

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I have a '99 Wrangler manual with 99k miles. Sometimes when I start it, it makes this earsplitting squealing noise for about 10 seconds, then stops. It also squeals when I turn the air conditioner on high. I know absolutely nothing about cars, so I don't even know where to begin to look for problems. Is it some kind of belt? Whats a ballpark price to fix this?

I just bought this Jeep for my 19th birthday a couple weeks ago because I've always dreamed of owning one, but it's pretty embarrassing when it squeals in my quiet little neighborhood. It's in excellent condition, I know the previous owner and he had it serviced all the time and there's never been any problems with it. He never took it offroading (I know, what a loser), and it's never been in an accident. So if someone could point me in the right direction, I'd greatly appreciate it
It might be the clutch on the air compressor.
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Old 04-19-2009, 07:04 PM   #4
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^could be, noisey a/c clutches are common, my xj did this. but not if it squeals without the a/c on.

so if it squeals with no a/c or defrost on. (defrost runs the compressor). it should be just a belt.

only buy gates belt, or mopar, no good year or dayco. they suck. gates makes belts for napa and carquest.
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Thanks so much guys! I'll go down to Napa tomorrow and hopefully somebody there can give me a quick overview on replacing it.

Only problem is, Wranglers are so damn high up, I don't know if I'll even be able to reach to the back!
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It's probably the serpentine belt. I don't know how easy that is to replace if you are not familiar with the way it routes. You could end up taking the old one off and not knowing how to put the new one back on. It is toward the front of the engine.

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