Buick blinkers: Why so loud, and can they be hushed? – Chicago Tribune

Posted: Saturday, September 30, 2017

Q: Do all Buicks have loud blinkers because they think only people with hearing loss buy a Buick? When I test-drove my 2016 Buick Envision, I fell in love with it, but I heard the blinker and thought, “It’s too loud, maybe I shouldn’t buy it.” Then I figured I’d get used to it. Found out that it does indeed aggravate me so much that I use it only half the time and only if there are other drivers around. Any help for me, or should I say any help for my Envision?

— C.B. Minneapolis

A: In the 1930s, Buick made electrically flashing turn signals standard on some models. Others followed and by the 1950s, flashers became the law. An electric flasher caused the circuit to open and, as it cooled, close again to create the blinking and, as a byproduct, the clicking. Today, many blinkers are computer-controlled and the clicking sound comes from the speakers. Unfortunately, you can’t reduce the sound by turning the volume control. Speaking of which, some drivers like to really crank the music so, in their case, that loud turn signal may be a benefit.

Q: Help! My daughter took my car to get gas (as a favor), and put 5 gallons of premium into my 2014 Ford Escape! I had about 4 gallons in the tank at the time. She caught herself, stopped the pump and then added regular gas to fill. The tank holds 15 gallons. I drive about 25 to 30 miles a week, so that gas will be in the tank awhile. Is there anything I should do or worry about? Any help you can give me will be much appreciated!

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