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whine from engine bay on very cold start

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so as the temps get colder, into the teens around here at night, my car has been making an odd whining noise when i first start her up in the morning. i don't know how to describe the noise, other than that it sounds like a stall horn in a cessna, though only anyone whose flown in one would know what i'm talking about.. it's not a super loud whine, but it's definitely audible over the engine noise. the pitch of the noise goes up and down with RPMs, but oddly, it also is effected simply by moving the steering wheel. stumped as to where to even start looking, but i almost sounds like a very mildly squeaking belt, if that is possible.. it goes away after the car warms up a bit, then runs perfect after that.

wondering if anyone else has run into this?

what i need to do is wait until this weekend and pop the hood after i start it to see where the noise is coming from. i have not had time to do this in the mornings before work... so really just putting "feelers" out there to see if anyone else has seen this, i will post more info tomorrow.

what i ultimately need to do is put the ol scoob in a garage! :D too bad i don't have one.
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I get a VERY loud, screetching whine on startup when it's VERY cold (below -10F) and it gradually goes away over the course of 30-90 seconds as it warms up. I think it's the starter not releasing fully and the edges of the gears grind a bit as it slowly retracts. It has done this since new, but doesn't seem to pose any, it's rarely that cold in the morning. At 5F to -5F sometimes I will get a lighter whine that goes away even quicker.
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