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Old 12 Jul 2006, 11:40 pm
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Default 2001 Civic LX Whining at Start

I have a 2001 Civic LX automatic that whines (similar to R2D2 from Star
Wars getting shot across a room) at the first start of the day and then
goes away after about 5 minutes of driving. I took to a dealer, who
said they checked the belts, but that they looked fine and that the
starter needed to be replaced. I had that replaced and low and behold
the car started easier, but the the whine was still there at the first
start of the day. I took it back and they were "guessing" it was the
transmission, but the car does not jolt or handle abruptly when the car
is accelerating or down shifting- it is as smooth as the day I bought
it and I have followed the maintenance schedule on the trans. fluid
flushes.

I took it to another dealer, who said they could not find anything
wrong with it. Yet the whining noise persists and has grown a little
longer since I noticed it back in the winter. It did not used to whine
in warmer weather, but it now is.

Has anyone else experienced this whining noise at first start or have
any suggestions as to what it might be (I'm not buying the transmission
"guess"- car only has 60K on it and like I said, there's been no
problems at all in the shifting).

Your assistance would be most appreciated.

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Old 12 Jul 2006, 11:58 pm
'Curly Q. Links'
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redrider21 wrote:
>
> I have a 2001 Civic LX automatic that whines (similar to R2D2 from Star
> Wars getting shot across a room) at the first start of the day and then
> goes away after about 5 minutes of driving. I took to a dealer, who
> said they checked the belts, but that they looked fine and that the
> starter needed to be replaced. I had that replaced and low and behold
> the car started easier, but the the whine was still there at the first
> start of the day. I took it back and they were "guessing" it was the
> transmission, but the car does not jolt or handle abruptly when the car
> is accelerating or down shifting- it is as smooth as the day I bought
> it and I have followed the maintenance schedule on the trans. fluid
> flushes.
>
> I took it to another dealer, who said they could not find anything
> wrong with it. Yet the whining noise persists and has grown a little
> longer since I noticed it back in the winter. It did not used to whine
> in warmer weather, but it now is.
>
> Has anyone else experienced this whining noise at first start or have
> any suggestions as to what it might be (I'm not buying the transmission
> "guess"- car only has 60K on it and like I said, there's been no
> problems at all in the shifting).
>
> Your assistance would be most appreciated.


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The drive belts on newer cars have to be TIGHT, much more than 20 years
ago. If you have an AC idler pulley like the one cited in this cR-V TSB,
that might be it too.
http://www.tegger.com/hondafaq/tsb/crv/x00-003e.pdf
I've been through a couple of these pulleys on high-mileage CR-V's.

It sounds like your 'technicians' lack imagination, or motivation. :-(

'Curly'
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Old 13 Jul 2006, 05:10 pm
Matt Ion
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Default Re: 2001 Civic LX Whining at Start

redrider21 wrote:
> I have a 2001 Civic LX automatic that whines


Give it a Midol... :P
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Old 14 Jul 2006, 04:04 am
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> I have a 2001 Civic LX automatic that whines (similar to R2D2 from Star
> Wars getting shot across a room) at the first start of the day and then
> goes away after about 5 minutes of driving. I took to a dealer, who


My '06 does the same thing.


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Old 16 Jul 2006, 09:57 am
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Steve Mackie wrote:
> > I have a 2001 Civic LX automatic that whines (similar to R2D2 from Star
> > Wars getting shot across a room) at the first start of the day and then
> > goes away after about 5 minutes of driving. I took to a dealer, who

>
> My '06 does the same thing.


is the sound comming from the radio speakers?
it may be alternator whine ,, the alternator re-charing the battery?

Mark

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Old 17 Jul 2006, 10:58 am
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Default Re: 2001 Civic LX Whining at Start

I wish the whine was coming from the radio speakers-unfortunately it's
coming from under the hood.

I think it's a belt or a pulley, but all of the checks show them as
fine (for right now).
Mark wrote:
> Steve Mackie wrote:
> > > I have a 2001 Civic LX automatic that whines (similar to R2D2 from Star
> > > Wars getting shot across a room) at the first start of the day and then
> > > goes away after about 5 minutes of driving. I took to a dealer, who

> >
> > My '06 does the same thing.

>
> is the sound comming from the radio speakers?
> it may be alternator whine ,, the alternator re-charing the battery?
>
> Mark


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