Video of the Week: "The Car Sounds Like..."

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey

This one spoke to my past, brief life as a service writer. For those who don't know, service writers often use the term "customer states" followed by the customer's description of the problem.

Like so: "Customer states there is a creaking noise when turning left at under 15 mph."

This video from YouTube account Just Rolled In is a compilation of noises made by vehicles in for repair -- complete with customer descriptions and the sounds themselves. My favorite? "Customer states it sounds like there is a husky underhood." Darned if it doesn't actually sound like that.

Happy Wednesday, the work week is on the downslope. Kill a few minutes of company time by watching this.

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Tim Healey
Tim Healey

Tim Healey grew up around the auto-parts business and has always had a love for cars — his parents joke his first word was “‘Vette”. Despite this, he wanted to pursue a career in sports writing but he ended up falling semi-accidentally into the automotive-journalism industry, first at Consumer Guide Automotive and later at He also worked as an industry analyst at Mintel Group and freelanced for, CarFax,, High Gear Media, Torque News,,, among others, and of course Vertical Scope sites such as,, and He’s an urbanite and as such, doesn’t need a daily driver, but if he had one, it would be compact, sporty, and have a manual transmission.

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  • Ravenuer Ravenuer on Mar 16, 2023

    A husky what? Guy? Tool box? Car mats?

    • GrumpyOldMan GrumpyOldMan on Mar 16, 2023

      Probably the breed of dog. They are well known for making howling noises.

  • P0442-Small-Leak P0442-Small-Leak on Mar 16, 2023

    Years ago I heard a very light clunk noise in my Chevy work truck that seemed to come from the front end. The next time I had it in the shop I asked the pro mechanic to take a look but he couldn't find any problems. Months later I jacked up each front wheel so I could push and pull at the 12&6 and 9&3 positions but both wheels seemed tight with no play. Months after that I was changing the oil myself and I bumped the side step under the driver's door as I slid under the car. CLUNK. The weld holding the tubular portion of the side step/nerf bar had broken at one end.

  • Cprescott Cprescott on Mar 16, 2023

    Golf cart owner to a Tesla owner, "Your car sounds like my golf cart".

  • LostInTransit LostInTransit on May 16, 2023

    want a true frustrating experience? go hand reddit's ask mechanic or mechanicadvice 90% of those posting show short videos of sound asking what or why is my car making this sound..