Daily Archives: May 1, 2017

Use This App To Diagnose Car Noise And Find Out What’s Wrong

In many countries, owning a personal car is a necessity. Cars come with instruction manuals but they’re really meant to help with routine maintenance. If you don’t know what’s under the hood of your car, the manual is a good place to begin learning. That said, the manual isn’t going to help you much with car maintenance. That’s something you learn over time. The basics include knowing when and how to change your tires, when and how to change the oil, and how to jump start a car, among other things. It doesn’t take too long to get the hang of it. What’s not as easy to learn is what certain problematic sounds coming from your car mean. You could describe the sound to your mechanic and they can maybe figure out the cause. Alternatively, you can diagnose car noise with My Car Makes Noise.

My Car Makes Noise is a library of car noises. The website sorts sounds by location i.e. where is the sound coming from. The sound can come from under the hood, under the car, or from outside the car. If you’re not sure where the sound is coming from, you can listen to the entire sound library.

If you know where the sound is coming from, i.e from under the hood or outside the car select the sound library for it. The library divides the sounds into different problem areas. The ‘Under the car’ section contains three other sub-sections; Noise of Suspension, Brake and Wheel Noises, and Exhaust System Noises. Expand each section and click the different sounds listed.

Each sound has a diagnosis right under it. For example, the sound your car makes when there is a problem with the battery e.g. it’s dying, is labelled as such.

You need to be slightly familiar with the correct name for car parts to understand the diagnosis. A quick Google search will help you out.

My Car Makes Noise is a good place to diagnose car noise. You can perhaps even share it with your mechanic. What you shouldn’t do is try and fix the problem yourself. You should also listen to what your mechanic says. The sound library serves as a general guide but your mechanic is looking at your car and can still diagnose it more accurately. My Car Makes Noise can point you in the general direction of the problem but your mechanic is the car doctor.

You can submit your own sounds to My Car Makes Noise. If you decide to contribute to the website, make sure you get an accurate diagnosis for the sound you’re submitting.

Visit My Car Makes Noise 

How To Stop iTunes Opening When An iPhone Is Connected [Windows]

If you own an iPhone, iTunes is an essential app for you. You may or may not like it but you need it. If nothing else, iTunes can back up and restore everything on your iPhone. You might never user it to sync music or pay your subscriptions but you will use it to take backups. That said, once you install iTunes, it will open every single time you connect your iPhone or iPad to your PC. It will take a fresh backup of all your data. iTunes doesn’t check how recent the last backup was. It may only be a few hours old and iTunes will still take a new backup. You can cancel it, or close iTunes right away once it opens but it’s annoying. Here’s how you can stop iTunes opening when you connect an iPhone or iPad to your PC.

When you install iTunes, a few additional services are installed with it. One of these services is called ‘iTunesHelper’. When you install iTunes, there is no sign of this service being installed and it’s automatically added to your Startup folder. It’s what forces iTunes to open when you connect an iPhone.

Disabling it is pretty easy, especially if you’re on Windows 10. Open the Task Manager and go to the Startup tab. Look for the iTunesHelper app. Right-click it and select ‘Disable’ from the context menu to stop iTunes opening when you connect an iPhone.

This same service is responsible for iTunes opening on older versions of Windows. The Task Manager in Windows 8.1 has a Startup tab so this will work if you’re still using Windows 8.1.

Disabling iTunesHelper in Windows 7 is pretty easy. The only difference is you can’t do it from the Task Manager. Open the run dialogue box via the Win+R keyboard shortcut. In the box, type ‘msconfig’, and tap Enter. This will open the System Configuration window. This window is divided into several tabs, one of which is ‘Startup’. Go to the ‘Startup’ tab, look for iTunesHelper and disable it.

Disabling iTunes Helper won’t impact anything else. It’s the quickest way to stop iTunes opening when you connect an iPhone or iPad. You can just as easily enable it again if you need to. If you already have iTunes running and you connect your iPhone, it will start to back it up. Disabling iTunes Helper doesn’t stop the auto-sync feature. It only stops iTunes from opening when you don’t need it to.

It goes without saying there should be an easier way to do this. iTunes adds a service to the Startup folder and doesn’t even explicitly ask for the user’s permission.