2016 Chevrolet Volt: A Squeaky Quiet Cabin
by Jonathan Elfalan, Road Test Editor on January 19, 2016
One of the great advantages of an electric car, or in this case a plug-in hybrid operating solely on electric power for some amount of miles, is how quiet it is inside and out. Whether it's executing the perfect holeshot across an intersection in virtual silence, having an effortless conversation with your passenger, or listening to music untainted by the melodies of internal combustion, our 2016 Chevrolet Volt lends itself well.
This cocoon of silence is also something that could possibly drive you mad.
Take away the conversation, the sound track, the background noise, and suddenly you're exposed to things you would've otherwise overlooked or ignored. Have you ever been lying awake in bed listening to a torturous faucet drip? Funny, it wasn't there earlier when you were watching Kimmel.
Drip. Drip. Drip.
Our Volt's "drip" manifests in the form of a squeaky brake pedal. It's hard to pinpoint the exact source of the squeak, but it sounds like a rubber bushing that is slightly out of tolerance.
Above are shown two possible origins of the squeak.
Once you notice it, it can be hard to ignore, even as you turn up the radio volume again. Battling through rush hour traffic doesn't help, either.
Squeak. Squeak. Squeak.
I may also suffer from a mild level of OCD, so perhaps I'm in the minority. We'll have plenty of miles to find that out.
Jonathan Elfalan, Road Test Editor