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    AC Squeal - '98 Honda Civic

    Howdy. My beater is dying. When I turn the AC on and engage the transmission, I get a wicked hyena-squeal that causes motorists within a 1-block radius to stare me down. It's humorous, but embarrassing. The squeal only happens when 1) the AC is on and 2) I don't have the clutch pressed and the car is in gear. I can't really self-diagnose as it doesn't do it while idling. At all. It goes on indefinitely, until I press the clutch in or turn off the AC.

    Any ideas?

    Thanks.

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    You need a car that is less of a piece of $#@! than the one you now drive.

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    One of your vacuum hose things that runs the air through your vents is leaking, and when air rushes through it creates the squeak/whistle noise. Not at all a technical explanation. Pretty sure I heard that exact question answered by the car talk guys on NPR like a week ago.

    Of course it could be something stuck in there or something, but that's the explanation the car talk guys gave.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nacho View Post
    Howdy. My beater is dying. When I turn the AC on and engage the transmission, I get a wicked hyena-squeal that causes motorists within a 1-block radius to stare me down. It's humorous, but embarrassing. The squeal only happens when 1) the AC is on and 2) I don't have the clutch pressed and the car is in gear. I can't really self-diagnose as it doesn't do it while idling. At all. It goes on indefinitely, until I press the clutch in or turn off the AC.

    Any ideas?

    Thanks.
    Yeah, you should buy the 2000 Honda Accord that I'm selling. Did I tell you that the AC doesn't make any noises at all and will put a frost on a Polar Bear's ass in the North Pole?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Basil Your Face View Post
    You need a car that is less of a piece of $#@! than the one you now drive.
    It's in the works. Had my ex not cleaned me out while I was deployed, I'd have bought a new truck by now. But if i can fix it for cheap in the meantime, I'm going to.

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    i bet it needs a belt or belt tensioner

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    Quote Originally Posted by dedalus View Post
    One of your vacuum hose things that runs the air through your vents is leaking, and when air rushes through it creates the squeak/whistle noise. Not at all a technical explanation. Pretty sure I heard that exact question answered by the car talk guys on NPR like a week ago.

    Of course it could be something stuck in there or something, but that's the explanation the car talk guys gave.
    prolly not this

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nacho View Post
    It's in the works. Had my ex not cleaned me out while I was deployed, I'd have bought a new truck by now. But if i can fix it for cheap in the meantime, I'm going to.
    Well that $#@!ing sucks - sorry to hear that.

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    new belt. easy fix

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    Quote Originally Posted by iamthepush View Post
    i bet it needs a belt or belt tensioner
    my guess as well, but this man ^ knows his stuff..

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    Likely a belt/tensioner issue, but I hope your compresser isn't effed.

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    Agree with the numerous "it's a belt post" Not sure if your 98 is a serpentine belt or not. My 00 Civic EX isn't but belt changes are not hard. When was the last time the belt was changed? Rubber has a tendacy to stretch over time.

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