Tesla adds audio clips of “normal operating sounds” to owner’s manuals

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Have you ever wondered if that sound coming from your Tesla is normal? If you browse Facebook or Twitter you will see countless questions from owners wondering if the sound their car is making while parked is normal, or if your car is supposed to clunk while Supercharging.

Hoping to fend off some of those questions that turn into unnecessary service requests, Tesla has updated their owner’s manuals to include audio clips of what they call “normal operating sounds.”

In the new section of the manual Tesla says that “while your [Tesla] is incredibly quiet, it is not completely silent,” adding “there are some sounds your vehicle makes as part of its normal daily operation and are not a cause for concern.”

Tesla pulled out the thesaurus when compiling the list of sounds, coming up with some interesting and entertaining descriptions like “humming, whirring, or wooshing,” “clicking, clunking, or thunking,” and “banging, clunking, popping, or thumping,” to name a few.

Included in each category is a brief description of when the sound occurs, and why.

“When your vehicle is Parked, especially outside on a hot day, you may hear a humming or slight ticking sound from the front of the vehicle near the front trunk,” Tesla writes for a humming, whirring, or whoosing sound while parked.

We have included the sounds below. Let us know what you think each one is for in the comments below.

You can only find these sounds and descriptions in the owner’s manuals on Tesla’s website under ‘Consumer Information’. The changes do not appear to have been pushed to the manuals accessed on your in-car display just yet. (via Reddit)

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