Be a Car Noise Detective

by Chris Bjorklund

If you’re a fan of Car Talk (aka Click and Clack, the Tappet brothers) on National Public Radio like I am, you know how often callers reproduce car noises on the air. You hear everything from “nya, nya, nya,” to “wuuu, wuuu, wuuu.” It’s fascinating to hear the Tappet brothers try to figure out what’s wrong with each car. LOL every Saturday morning.

To help you figure out what’s wrong with your car on your own, these guys have created a Car Talk Noise Emporium at

You’ll find about four dozen car noises there, and when you click on the part of the car the sound is coming from, options pop up. Click on one, and you’ll find a possible diagnosis.

Even if you’re car isn’t making any crazy noises right now, you can learn a lot by listening to them (did you know a bad differential sounds like this….. vooooooOOOOOOOoooooo?). And have some fun too.