I’ve been blessed with avid readers who like to read this digital diary of mine while I go on my quest of soundproofing or minimizing the unnecessary noises around us. I do it all in search of a quiet life.
As you know from my previous post from a few days back, I’m trying to work out and document different strategies to keep my car engine silent as a whisper.
Besides fixing noisy lifters, I came up with another approach. Let’s discuss the best oil for noisy lifters. This is the piece that completes the two-piece lifter puzzle.
Basically, I chopped and changed my engine oils and additives to find out if I could get an extra perk or two out of my car’s engine or not. As it turns out, switching the product helped!
All I did was choosing these things with great care and implementing them as per instructions. It changed my car’s engine for the better. So, I decided to let you guys know about it.
In this article, I’ll be discussing the process of choosing engine oil additives and all about the products that I played around with. So, here we go!Continue reading
Chances are, if you work a normal 9-5 job, you may have got yourself stuck in traffic at one time or another. It happens to nearly everybody, and its something that is nearly impossible to entirely avoid.
While you sit there in traffic, sun beating down on top of your windshield, the noise of construction equipment, angry drivers, and stereos that are way too loud start to take their toll on you. If only there was a way to drown out all this noise to make this experience at least a little less painful.
You happen to be in luck, as there exist many ways in which one can muffle the noise of the world outside their car. Today we will take a look at some of the methods in which you can soundproof your car!Continue reading
If you are into cars, you are very well familiar with what a lifter is.
The purpose of a lifter is to keep your engine quieter and at the same time to improve the performance of it and ensure long a healthy life of the engine.
The fact is that they are made to keep the engine quiet and to be quiet themselves. However, sometimes lifters can go faulty too and start making unnecessary noise, that is surely not something that should happen.
Sadly, this is not a rare problem. It can occur rather often in older cars and in those cars that have a really large mileage. And not to mention the cases when the car itself is not serviced regularly.
The noise that they are producing can vary. It can last from just a few moments to the full time of a motor running.
The noise that a faulty lifter can produce is usually just simple ticking or tapping, but when it happens constantly, it can be really annoying.
Just remember the tapping of water from a leaky faucet. It is not much when you look at it, but when you have to listen to it; it is even more than annoying.
Now, not that the tapping and ticking sounds of a faulty lifter are just annoying, but they can also cause or be a symptom of more serious problems on your car. If you do not take care of it in time, your engine might get seriously damaged.
For this reason, I have listed four simple and common things that might cause a noisy lifter and I have also given you some of the solutions to the problem.
But let’s first give a quick look at the damage it can cause and how harmful it can be.Continue reading
Each one of us spends a significant part of the day in our vehicle. Normally we try to exclude all the noise that comes along, but there are days when it’s simply more nerve-wracking than usual. We try to think of as many ways as possible to deal with it without spending a fortune.
Have you heard of car undercoating? Some people swear that it’s the best thing to fix the unwanted sounds issue. Let’s see what it is and how does it work. Perhaps this could be a solution to your problems.Continue reading
Do you find your car exhaust annoying as it suddenly went extremely loud? Or did you buy a car with a loud exhaust but then had a change of heart?
Well, quieting it shouldn’t be such a problem.
It happened to me several times in my life, and every single one of them was unpleasant. I felt like everyone was staring at me for producing such noise in the traffic.
It’s not just annoying because you are hearing the loud sound, but also it reminds you all the time that something is broken on your car.
So, basically, when you know nothing about the exhaust, this might be a quite big problem for you. But, nevertheless, it’s quite easy fixing it. There are some cheap methods, and there are those a bit more permanent that will require a bit more time and effort.
Following these steps, you will be able to make your exhaust quieter on both levels, inside and outside of the car.
Now, let’s see some of the best methods to make your car exhaust quieter.Continue reading
Do you have a truck? Are you sick of all the road loud sounds while driving? Then you’re in the right place.
Disturbing sound can come from various places, highway traffic can be too loud, things in your trailer can go all around the place hitting the wall and engine.
While most of the people think this is just annoying, we know that it can be very distracting. Believe it or not, I have a friend who almost got into an accident because of the noise in his truck cab.
Well, going on the short trip is not that problematic. But if you are constantly on the road, with journeys of several hours or more, then this noise might be your worst nightmare. Not only that it is annoying, but it can potentially cause some hearing problems.
So, for example, if you have children to drive to school, or a baby, these noises can be really frightening, especially if your vehicle’s motor is naturally loud.
Well, no matter what’s the reason behind, you can always deal with the problem. But first of all, you need to know the cause of the problem.
There are several reasons that might affect your peace during the drive.Continue reading
Fighting noise while driving was never an easy job. The most vulnerable part of your car is, of course, doors. Even if you close the car windows and turn the music on the radio up, there is still a high chance that the noise will still be audible.
I hate driving and not being able to clearly hear my favorite song on the radio. But that’s not the biggest problem that you might face, and since you are here, you probably know what I’m talking about.
This has been a huge problem for me until recently when I decided to do something about it. I found a lot of information in books and on the internet and did this all by myself. I also recommended the method to a lot of my friends and they were all thrilled when they saw the results.
Luckily, you won’t have to waste your time on research because there is a number of easy ways to soundproof your car and especially your car doors and I’m here to present you with the best of them.
In addition to the traffic noise, some car doors produce very annoying rattling sounds, but don’t worry, there is a way to fix this as well. It’s fairly easy and won’t require too much of your time.Continue reading
You are probably already familiar with the concepts of soundproofing and sound absorbing, but what do you know about sound deadening? Or sound dampening?
As a matter of fact, both sound deadening and sound dampening refer, in most cases, to the same thing. Frankly, not a lot of people know what these are. Do you?
I know that my husband does. Since he cares for his car so much, he must be well informed about soundproofing as well as sound deadening.
And why is that? Well, it is because sound deadening is used to prevent vibrations, rattles, and any dissipation of a noise. This especially refers to the cars but it may be applied to other things, too.
Therefore, it could be said that sound deadening presents a process of reducing rattles, road noises, engine clutter, and vibrations, for example, inside a car.
With this in mind, the materials for sound deadening are massive and dense, which makes a sound dissipate and reduce its energy.
Depending on the location of the noise you are trying to block, there are various and different solutions which you could apply.Continue reading
I’m the type of person that loves to listen to music while driving. For me, nothing beats being on a road and listening to my favorite band.
The only problem is there is a lot of noise that is interfering with my music such as tire hum, wind, engine whine, vibrations etc. This road noise is irritating and has an impact on how your car audio system sounds like.
Your car is made of metal and because of that acoustics in your car can be pretty bad.
Solution to this problem can be using materials that work like sound deadeners. There are many different brands on the market. One of the best is definitely Dynamat.
Dynamat helped me to keeping the unwanted sounds out of the car.Continue reading
A friend had asked me a couple of years ago if I could help her insulate her van from noise. As informed as I am when it comes to sound insulation, many ideas came to my mind immediately. However, I wasn’t exactly sure how to help her, because I’d never insulated a van before – until then.
Of course, I did a lot of research and found an abundance of information. I determined what is the best way to do this and the results of this little project that we did in her van were amazing.
Now I want to share what I’ve learned with you since I believe there are many of you who might have a noise problem with their vehicle.
Whether you own a regular van or a camper van, there are many materials that you have to use for insulation and there is a lot of work to do, but you can easily do it all by yourself, as you’ll see. The easiest way to do this is to apply a sound deadening panel and then use some insulation over the top.Continue reading