Normal Noises? Starting my 2012 WRX in -2 weather.
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    Registered User naked_dave1's Avatar
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    Normal Noises? Starting my 2012 WRX in -2 weather.

    First time the car has been in this cold of weather. Scared the crap out of me when I started it. Did a little searching and people say the whining is the power steering pump. Your guys thoughts?

    Sounds like a jet fighter starting up lol

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    I cringe at the sounds my car makes starting up when it is below 5 degrees...

    I let is sit there a good five minutes burning gas before I move it.

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    I took mine back to the dealer the first time it made that noise and had them keep it over night so they could hear it too. They said it was the power steering pump and that it was normal. Noisy little thing when its cold outside.
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    Ill have to listen for that tomorrow, its supposed to be 8 degrees when I get up. I haven't noticed that noise yet, but the slow start caught me off gaurd this morning
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    its hard to tell but i think its the power steering pump. mine is a little bit higher of a pitch but of course it'll sound different after being recorded. a definete giveaway is ifyou turn your steering wheel and the same noise is heard

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    Normal Noises? Starting my 2012 WRX in -2 weather.

    Is it possible that it could be the air pump for cold starts? I know a lot of people get pump deletes so its possible that could be the noise
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    mine sounded the same this morning dave im pretty sure it was this super cold snap we are in
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    Try using synthetic fluid and some fluid conditioner.
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    I got a little of that noise this morning right upon startup. We're in a pretty cold weather pattern as well, probably the coldest it has been yet this winter.
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