One of the best things about modern cars is that they are, by and large, reliable. Sure, there’s sometimes the odd glitch, usually electric given the complex technology on board, but mostly as long as they have a service history they are good to buy and use. By keeping a vehicle well maintained the chances of an issue are slight. If in doubt, ask a mechanic; but is that expensive recourse always necessary?
A Trusty Garage
These days, once a reliable and trustworthy garage has been located it pays to stick with it. Some people even become reliant on them, phoning up or visiting for every little worrying niggle, like a lonely hypochondriac, sniffling in the doctor’s surgery.
That’s fine, if there’s some dire mechanical fault or technology blip or a sudden drop in fuel consumption then by all means pop along and get some good advice; but what if it is just an irritating vibration or squeak or other maddening noise? It’s a well known fact that garage proprietors hate these occasions and not without good cause. Whilst they may well know all the cacophony of sounds that a car can make it is shockingly hard to diagnose the sound of a limbless Barbie doll trapped in the corner spare wheel well.
If the car owner persists and demands the mechanic solve the problem at all costs, then they will have a fall-back position. The Boss will be called over. He will listen to the noise. He will scratch his head, kick a tyre or two and suck air in over his teeth - sometimes doing all three things simultaneously - and then ask for a clipboard. He will commence to write down large and complex financial calculations which he will show with a flourish but secretly it is all designed to make the owner back off.
Of course, this all presupposes that the vehicle will make the noise at the right time. Certainly, it will make it all the way to the garage but, as sure as shooting, it will stop as the car drives onto the forecourt. The vehicle will behave like a malingering dog taken to the vets. It will stubbornly refuse to show any sign of a problem until arriving home. Then it all begins again.
The DIY Answer
There is a solution and it is an easy one that costs nothing in terms of expensive skilled labour; do it yourself. Here’s a true story: A driver of a well-known Japanese car is being driven crazy by a prolonged squeak, a known issue on this particular car, when operating the clutch pedal. He goes to the garage. They apply lubricating oil to the pedal without success. In some cases with this vehicle dealers have been known to change clutch parts to resolve the problem and all the time the bill gets bigger and bigger.
As it turns out, all the job involved was the act of getting down on the knees and delving into the foot well whilst injecting heavy duty grease up into the area where they pedal goes through the firewall. Job done and, we learn, it lasted for months before a re-application was required.
In other words, what is needed is a bit of time and perseverance. Spend time with your annoying noise; grow to appreciate it; to understand it. Crawl around the vehicle and try to isolate it in its lair. Does one action cause it and another doesn’t? Are you doing a particular function each time? More often than not the cause will come to light with just the loss of some skin off your knuckles. After all, nobody wants to pay out a large sum to have an Action Man body part removed from behind the rear seat squab.
Used cars from popular trusted dealers like eCars247 do not come with irritating sounds because they are thoroughly assessed and AA inspected before being offered for sale. This confidence can be backed up by the knowledge that every vehicle we sell is offered with a full fourteen day day test drive
, subject to obvious conditions, for true peace of mind. We know that the only noise you want to hear comes from driving.