‘I like to drive with my windows down, but the noise is so bad. Any ideas?’

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Q: I like to drive with the windows of my 2014 GMC Terrain open sometimes. When I do this, the buffeting wind noise is so bad I have to shut them. I wonder if you or your readers ever came across this condition. It has never happened in my other vehicles.

A: I remember driving a Chevrolet Suburban 20 years ago. When I lowered the rear windows, the buffeting was so severe it made me nauseous. Twenty years later the same happens to varying degrees with many SUVs. One thing that may work is adding side window deflectors. These are typically made of high strength acrylic plastic and many install without tools. This may just be enough to eliminate the air turbulence.


John Paul is AAA Northeast’s Car Doctor. He has over 40 years experience in the automotive business and is an ASE certified master technician. He answers readers’ questions each Saturday. You can tune in to his radio program Saturday morning from 8:30-10 a.m. on 950AM WROL or www.wrolradio.com. Email your car question to jpaul@aaanortheast.com. Follow John on Twitter @johnfpaul and friend him on Facebook mrjohnfpaul.