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Go Ahead and Make Silly Noises for Your Mechanic

Go Ahead and Make Silly Noises for Your Mechanic lifehacker Deadspin Gizmodo Jalopnik Jezebel Kotaku Lifehacker Video index Skillet Two Cents Vitals App directory Gear Go Ahead and Make Silly Noises for Your Mechanic Patrick Allan 12/01/16 3:00pm Filed to: cars automobiles communication mechanics services 13 2 Edit Promote Share to Kinja Toggle Conversation tools Go to permalink Mechanics have heard it all when it comes to car troubles—literally. Don’t be afraid to make some silly noises for them. Advertisement Remember those AAMCO “we hear you” commercials where people would walk up to a mechanic and explain their car problems with silly sounds ? Well, that’s actually not a bad idea. Mechanics from independent auto shops and dealerships told Jake Rossen at Mental Floss that they usually prefer you making the sound than trying to explain it. Ryan M., a mechanic in Winnipeg, explains : “I’d rather hear a funny noise come out of you than waste time trying to figure out what you mean by ‘buzzing, but it’s like squishy if that makes sense.’ Make the damn noise!” You might feel a little foolish, but it can actually make the mechanic’s job a lot easier. According to Bob Weber, an ASE-certified Master Automobile Technician for 38 years, it’s better to attempt a funny sound than use terms that might lead them in the wrong direction . They know how cars are supposed to sound, and they’re familiar with a wide variety of car trouble sounds. And at the very least, Weber notes, your mechanic will likely get a kick out of it. If you’re not willing to make a noise in front of somebody you don’t know, though, Weber also has a list of terms you can use to help explain your car troubles to the technician . If you’re not much of a human soundboard, knowing the difference between a clang, clank, click, and clack is important. Five Ways to Save Serious Money on Car Repairs Five Ways to Save Serious Money on Car Repairs Five Ways to Save Serious Money on Car Repairs If you drive, there's probably little you hate more than getting your car repaired. It's… Read more Read more Photo by Seattle Municipal Archives . Patrick Allan patrick.allan@lifehacker.com @mr_patrickallan Staff Writer, Lifehacker.com Gear from Kinja Deals Grace Digital's CastDock Wears Your Chromecast Audio Like an Infinity Gem Your Pick For Best Lightning Cable: Anker PowerLine The Best New Year's Day Deals: Powerbeats3, Elliptical, DualShock 4, and More Reply 13 replies Leave a reply You may also like Deadspin Report: Kevin Wilson Mistreated Multiple Injured Players While At Indiana  12/03/16 4:10pm Deadspin Notre Dame Fans Take Out Full-Page Meme In Student Paper Calling For AD's Job 12/07/16 12:33pm Deadspin Report: MLB And MLBPA Reach Deal And Avoid Lockout 11/30/16 6:04pm Recent from Patrick Allan 2 3K Lifehacker · Patrick Allan Smooth Out 3D Printed Models With an Acetone Vapor Bath Today 4:00pm 1 9 9.7K Lifehacker · Patrick Allan Make a Simple DIY Laptop Cooling Stand With Two Forks Yesterday 3:00pm 1 7 19.2K Lifehacker · Patrick Allan Turn an Old DVD Case Into the Perfect LEGO Travel Set Friday 11:30am Share Tweet About Blog Need Help? Content Guide Lifehacker Store Redirecting to the Lifehacker store in Disclaimer: You are leaving a Gizmodo Media Group, LLC website and going to a third party site, which is subject to its own privacy policy and terms of use. Continue Permissions Privacy Terms of Use Advertising Jobs RSS ©2016 Gizmodo Media Group Kinja is in read-only mode. We are working to restore service.