Here’s the latest reader question, along with my reply!
John asks: I love the three days a year of nice weather we get in New Caney, TX. But when I open the windows of my 2015 Dodge Ram the wind starts buffeting and your ears pop and your head almost falls off – I really don’t know how to describe the turbulent affect opening the windows causes. It is horrific and I am shocked it hasn’t killed many people. A seriously awful problem. So, is this my particular truck? Is there some trim or accessory you can buy to deflect the wind or something and stop this crap? I wish the front end wasn’t so loose in my 1966 Ford F100 because those little triangle windows are just awesome.
My reply: Unfortunately, it is not just your truck. I test drive new vehicles – all types – every week and have encountered the same phenomenon. It is the result of design which assumes people will not drive with the windows down at more than low speeds – because all new cars have AC and it is therefore assumed people will use the AC rather than “450” AC – four windows down, 50 MPH – to cool the interior.
New (modern, anything built since about 20 years ago) cars are also very tightly sealed; there’s no place for turbulent air to cleanly flow so it buffets around the interior when the window’s down and creates that obnoxious reverb effect you’re dealing with. Which we’re all dealing with.
The only cars which are free from this problem are cars with sunroofs – or no roofs (convertibles) which give all that air pressure someplace to dissipate … other than your ear drums!
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