Loud Squeal Only While Cranking 97 Autumn Orange GT
I have a 1997 Autumn Orange GT Coupe. Recently, I had to replace my dead alternator with a new/remanufactured one. Put a new, pretty high quality, belt on as well during the change. I also cleaned all pulleys and checked all pulleys for any play. All were fine. The idler pulley is only about 2,000 miles old and the tensioner is damn strong.
When I turn the key over to start the car, the motor starts turning over and the car cranks with no problems whatsoever. But right before the motor actually cranks, there is a LOUD squeal. It's periodic and seems to happen more if it is cranked more times throughout the day. In other words, if I let it sit for a few days, it wouldn't happen when I crank the car, but rarely has still squealed in that sense.
This ONLY, and I stress, ONLY happens during cranking and hardly lasts a second tops. It's not the belt. I've done trouble-shot that through and through and I'm also positive it IS NOT any pulley or the tensioner. It's pretty loud and makes me think it's coming from near the bottom of the motor and reflecting the sound off of the ground below, making it seem louder.
My guess is my starter is going bad. I'm asking you guys to maybe see if any of you had the same problem, what the problem actually was (besides a belt because I know I will get that reply) and what solutions you found to rectify this problem??
On another note, I just installed right at $3,000 worth of suspension, K-member, motor mounts, copper gaskets, etc, etc, etc on my car and we had to disconnect those little black boxes on either side of my alternator (coil packs/resistors) so we could attach a chain to those bolts to secure it to the anti-roll bar. Ever since hooking those back up, I've got the engine humming/whining/noise in my STOCK Mach 460 sound system. Even when the head unit is turned off. It's not really loud, but still annoying. Ideas on what to do?
A BIG thanks in advance for any help with these two issues guys. Means a lot