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I'm hearing kind of a gentle whine as I'm accelerating and

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Hi - I'm hearing kind of a gentle whine as I'm accelerating and decelerating, that I didn't notice before, towards the front left of the car, near the driver seat. I can hear it with the windows closed, too. I'm wondering if it could be a belt going bad. Definitely want to rule out anything with the engine. I know I've got a timing chain, so it can't be that.
JA: How many miles on the car? How responsive has your car been lately?
Customer: 99,000 miles.
JA: What is the model of your '99 Kia?
Customer: it's a 2012 kia sorento
JA: Are you hoping to fix this yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: nope - not planning to fix myself
JA: Anything else you think the mechanic should know?
Customer: the car is responsive - it starts, accelerates, decelerates, turns, normally with no issues. Great pickup. Good shifting. Although I don't think it's had a transmission fluid change in its lifetime yet
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Kia
Expert:  rpmdiag replied 1 year ago.

Hi, welcome to Just Answer. I’m Ron and I’ll be helping you
Before we get started though, Please understand that I don't know
your skill level or tools you have to assist us. Also understand that
I can't see, smell, hear, or touch the vehicle either, so patience is
appreciated. JA is a great Q/A site, but it does NOT replace a
repair shop.
My goal is to make you happy and get a great rating in return for
my time. Sometimes I have to give you bad news that I know you
didn’t want to hear, so please don’t shoot the messenger.

It's possible that a belt is causing this, but I'm also concerned about the L/F axle bearing. You said the L/F, but the drive belts and pulleys are on the R/F. Any mechanic will search out the noise with their stethoscope to be certain though.

Thanks, Ron