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I have a 05 nissan altima. On a cold start i will hear a

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Hello, i have a 05 nissan altima. On a cold start i will hear a howl sound coming from the engine. It's only for maybe 2 - 3 seconds. It will never make this sound when the engine is warm on start. Any ideas?
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Nissan
Expert:  Virtual Wrench replied 10 months ago.


Has it made this noise for very long?

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
I have only had the car 6 months so im not sure. But since i owned it it has done the noise. There's 137,000 miles on it now.
Expert:  Virtual Wrench replied 10 months ago.


By far, the most common cause of this is the fan belt. When the car is on a cold start the rubber is hard and it will make that noise just for a bit until the belt heats up, just like yours is doing. Keep in mind it doesnt have to make a squeel to have a bad belt. It may be the original fan belt and it would be wise to have it replaced.


Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Hmm, do you mean the serpentine belt? I replaced that along with the tensioner already so cant be that. It sounds more in the engine it self.
Expert:  Virtual Wrench replied 10 months ago.

Yes that was what i was referring to..

Boy, i would have to hear it to be able to pinpoint it. There can be many different things that will cause that noise if its in the engine. I will opt out and see if someone else can help.


Expert:  Jay replied 10 months ago.

Hello my name is ***** ***** thank you for your question

Is it possible to get a video of the noise so I can hear it?

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Ya i was just thinking about that. ill get back to this when i can get it cold tomorrow. thanks
Expert:  Jay replied 10 months ago.

You got it. Thanks..

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
Here's a video. It's louder in person and the noise is louder or softer depending temperature variables.
Expert:  Jay replied 9 months ago.

Is this a V6 engine?

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
No a V4
Expert:  Jay replied 9 months ago.

It was a short video, but from what I heard, it sounded like it could be the passenger side engine mount that has collapsed.

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
Ya the noise only last for 2-3 seconds. Hard to capture it I'll try to get a better video. And all mounts are good, so it can't be that.
Expert:  Jay replied 9 months ago.

How is the oil level?

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
I just checked it it was on the low side of the in range but I added oil just in case. Here's a link to another video with the noise with the hood open maybe you could see better.