Loud squeaking on cold start, becomes faint as engine warms
My 96 Taurus at 80k miles has been having a squeaking noise on cold start, which disappears when the engine warms up. But recently, even if the engine is warm, the sound stays on but not as loud; it is really faint but you could hear it if you listen. I have read the previous thread on this issue, but I'm still not sure how to go about fixing this issue. The sound is coming from where the pulleys and belt is. What should I do first to correct this problem? Should I replace the belt first and see if there is improvement, or should I change the whole mechanism with the pulleys and tensioner? I am trying to figure out my most cost-effective solution with this issue. Also, does this require me to raise the car up? Sorry for the basic questions. I'm not a mechanic myself and I'm still learning even the mechanic terms at this point. Thanks.