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    Default Ok here's a good one.....

    ...got a squeak when starting from cold (more pronounced when damp) which lasts about 20 seconds then just fades away, doesn't happen when turned off and then started when warmed up. Car is a 55 plate facelift and done just under 75k.
    Anyhow, had the cambelt/tensioners and water pump replaced in November by a main dealer,so thinking it could be a tensioner not correctly set or something I booked it in to have the squeak heard/looked at.
    Got a call back the same afternoon telling me it sounds like water pump , so after explaining to the guy the work which had been done by themselves i November he said oh yes so I see on the system....we'll have to strip it down and leave it till morning to start cold then, I said fine.
    Got a call back from him first thing the next morning to give me the wonderful news that the mechanic "suspects" it's the Fuel pump bearing thet is the cause,and that it will cost £980 to replace .
    After telling them I can't afford to have the work done and collecting the car it does seem to be just doing it now when damp and not for as long or as loud??
    Took it to my local independent for him to have a listen to but typically it was dry and did'nt do it! He did say that he very rarely changes fuel pumps and never for a bearing failure, or heard one actually squeaking.

    Don't fancy leaving it for the pump to fail though as it will certainly cause more damage.

    Anyone got any ideas or suggestions?

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    Could be the Altenator belt mate.
    Mine was doing that the squeeking on cold start up has stopped now since sat when I done the Belt

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    Remove the auxiliary belt when it is next damp and try it - would remove it from the equation at least.

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    i would put my money on the belt as said above tbh m8

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    Think that company are just trying to get a bit of cash out of you tbh mate 8 Quid for me for a new Aux Belt Kar Bar

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    This sounds very familiar. Have a look at the first post in this thread http://www.vectra-c.com/forum/showthread.php?t=68114 and then this one http://www.vectra-c.com/forum/showthread.php?t=67140

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    As said, try the aux belt. I have this on damp mornings but I just give a short spray of nylon/rubber lubricant (form halfords) every couple of months and it keeps it nice and quiet. I would certainly try this first.

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    Is this belt aligned properly on all the same ribs of each pulley?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gtr1000 View Post
    This sounds very familiar. Have a look at the first post in this thread http://www.vectra-c.com/forum/showthread.php?t=68114 and then this one http://www.vectra-c.com/forum/showthread.php?t=67140

    Hmm interesting reading there, starting to think this is the case now. Gonna get it back to the independent this week when I get chance for him to try it with the auxillary (v belt?) belt off.

    Not gonna be pleased with dealer if I find out this is the problem

    Out of interest though has anyone had to have their high pressure fuel pump replaced for a bearing failure?

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    Well.... the squeaking seems to have stopped all together now, not heard it for 5 days anyhow. I'm still gonna get the auxillary belt and pulleys checked though asap.

    But I'm still worried now that there is a problem with the fuel pump (damn stealers planting the seed of doubt!!), is there any reasonably easy way I can tell if it's faulty or not for sure?

    I've not had any other symptoms, so just puzzled now cos I was all set to get it remapped about now, but obviously will out of the window if I have to fork out for a fuel pump (which will be under extra strain from a remap anyway?)

    Help

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