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Pay no attention to that noise behind the curtain

By M Davies   /     Nov 06, 2011  /     Annoyances, The WTF File  /     2 Comments

Welp. Something is wrong with my car (again).  As I'm sure you'll remember, I most recently had a flat tire, which I thankfully able to get patched. 

This time the problem is the noise it is emitting.  I'm quite certain that I'm breaking the noise ordinance in most neighborhoods that I drive through.  This noise mysteriously started on my drive into work on Wednesday.  I was of course blaring music loudly and singing along as I often do and then I was like….wait a minute…something doesn't sound right with the bass in this Snoop D O double G song.  I turned down the volume and sure enough my car sounded as if it was going to blow up.  TERRIFIC, I thought.  At the point I noticed the noise, I was near the BK in Shavertown.  I had to take Overbrook Road that day because Hillside Road was closed.  I still had quite a ways to go before I was at work.  I was freaking out.

I ended up discovering that the faster that I drove, the less I would hear this noise.  So I drove fast the entire way down the Cross Valley.  Something I really don't like to do because cops are always prone to sitting around the Rock Cut looking for speeders.  Luckily, I managed to make it to work, but I was nervous about whether or not I'd make it home later that evening.

The noise sounded like it was emanating from my shifter.  Its a rattling type of noise.  It also sounds very bass-y.  Here's my impression of it: Car Noise

After arriving home that evening, the hubs took a look at my car and said it sounded like it was the exhaust.  He also compared it to those kids driving around with the big mufflers and the tinted windows with the loud cars.  "People PAY for that noise!", he said.  In the name of sanity, WHY?  I feel like my brain is rattling around in my skull when I'm stopped at a red light.  The noise is more noticeable when I'm stopped or parked.  He also wondered if some had stolen my catalytic converter.  I know absolutely nothing about cars, so I have no idea what that is or what it does…but apparently thieves can trade it in at scrap yards for cash.  I have no idea when someone would have had a chance to heist that from my vehicle…but then again, for the last three months I've been either sleeping, working or at school…so I guess anything is possible.

Anyway, the moral of this story is, now I have to take my f-ing car to f-ing Nissan to get it looked at and who the hell knows how much that is going to cost me this close to Black Friday and Christmas.  Ugh. 

Until then, if you hear me driving down your street with my car, don't stare at me…I'm already absolutely horrified and embarrassed with the sound it is making.

Please and Thank you.

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