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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.
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replace belt with a gatorback belt. make sure you take note of the belt routing before removing the old one.
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Might purchase a mechanics stethoscope from harbor freight tools for <$5 and carefully listen to each belt-driven component with engine idling. With car and belt off, rotate ea. component pulley by hand feeling for roughness and/or looseness and listening for noises. Also, with belt off, start car for a few seconds to see if noise is still present. If it is, look to the drivers side for cam synchronizer problems. You can also get the serpentine belt removal tool from harbor freight tools for ~$20 or rent it for free with a deposit at most parts stores. Your car should have a belt routing sticker underhood. Goodyear Gatorback is a good choice if the belt is the culprit.

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Do as Sheila says, definitely the best course of action.

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I checked the belt and there was a crack and I will be replacing it. I saw that there was a crack at the pulley where the power steering is based from the diagram under the hood. Is this something that I could replace as well?
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Ase you saying the PS pulley is cracked? not really clear from your discription.

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Ase you saying the PS pulley is cracked? not really clear from your discription.

Yes, the power steering pulley is cracked. Can I replace it as well, while I'm replacing the serpentine belt? Also, I could not find any gatorback here in the area; I'm from Virginia Beach. Will the Dayco Poly Rib Poly-Rib® Belt from advance auto do as good?
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Yes, Dayco is a good belt also. You will need a pulley remove/install tool and probably the pump removed. You can rent the tool for free with a deposit at parts stores that have a tool loaner program, or buy it for cheap at harbor freight tools. How big and where is the crack on the ps pulley? If you remove the pulley, new ones are available at parts stores for $10.

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I finally found time to replace the belt. The sound (squeaking) went away. Procedure is successful. However, I am still concerned about the power steering pulley. I will post a picture that shows the crack.
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I finally found time to replace the belt. The sound (squeaking) went away. Procedure is successful. However, I am still concerned about the power steering pulley. I will post a picture that shows the crack.
A crack in the pulley going toward the metal core that grips the shaft is not unusual. Have not heard of it causing harm. As long as the crack is tight and does not go toward the rim, doubt it is an issue.

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