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What's the Scariest Noise to Hear Coming From Your Car?

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CountersteerYour true stories of good and bad things that happen in cars.

Grrrrrrrrrr GRAUNCH GRAUNCH GRAUNCH GRAUNCH. A horrifying grinding noise, to me, is the scariest possible noise coming from your car. Not only because it probably means it’s going to be very expensive (or worse), but because cars tend to have lots of moving parts. It could be anything.


And there’s nothing creepier than when there’s a terrifying noise, but you don’t know where it’s coming from, only that it’s coming FOR YOU.

But that’s for a car that is unintentionally dying. What about those who intentionally murder a car?

That video comes from the dreaded Cash for Clunkers era, when cars had to be disabled before they could be traded in by the program. And to be murdered, their oil had to be completely replaced by vicious (yes, vicious, not viscous) liquid glass.


Imagine if you were killed by having your own blood replaced with liquid glass. Ghoulish.

And then there’s perhaps the most terrifying of all:


When you’re driving along, happily tootling away, and then, just... nothing. Everything dead.



What do you think could be the scariest noise coming from your car?

Deputy Editor, Jalopnik. 2002 Lexus IS300 Sportcross.

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“I don’t feel so good.” A small, wan voice coming from the back seat. I know it isn’t a sound made by the car itself but it is an absolutely awful sound, especially when you are in a car.