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When a car makes a whining sound when accelerating, it might be a fan belt that is not performing properly. If the fan belt is reasonably new, add a few drops of dish soap to the inside to quiet it. If the fan belt is showing signs of wear, like cracks or slack, put on a new fan belt. Also, check the air cleaner. If the air cleaner is missing, the car will make a horrible squealing noise when accelerating.

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Q: What does it mean when a car makes a straining or whining sound when you accelerate?
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