Automotive Column 40 LOUD Chime
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Many cars are now using the audio system to make the sounds that traditional bells and buzzers used to make. To change the sound requires a different approach.
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Dear Motor Medics,
I have a question about my door chime. It’s so loud it is about to drive me out of the car. It’s a 2004 Chevrolet Monte Carlo. I have 90,000 miles on the car and as long as I remember it has been this loud. The chime seems to come from the driver’s side door speaker. Is that where it comes from or is there a separate speaker in there for the chime. Is there a way to adjust the volume on the speaker like a radio or a way to disconnect it so I don’t go crazy? Any help you can provide would be greatly appreciated.
Danielle in Manhattan Kansas
We’re sorry your car is so uncomfortable but we may have a fix for you. You are correct in thinking the chime comes from the driver’s door speaker. The door chime is fed into the radio by the body control module and can override the radio in order to warn you when needed. As the operator of the vehicle there is no way that you can adjust the volume but the professionals can do it fairly easily. There should be a reprogram option available from dealers and service providers who have a factory type programing system that will cut the volume of the chime considerably and make it more driver friendly. The procedure takes about 30 minutes to perform and should not break the budget. Thanks for the question.
Take care, the Motor Medics
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