Audio Mods Unleashed: Changing Car Sounds in GTA V

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If you’re an enthusiast of the famed video game, Grand Theft Auto V (GTA 5), you might have envisioned the experience of driving around Los Santos with the rumble of a powerful V8 engine instead of the regular sound effects. This guide will walk you through how to change vehicle sound in GTA 5 to make your gameplay more immersive and realistic.

Understanding the Basics

Before diving into the details of how to change vehicle sound in GTA 5, it’s essential to understand a few basics. The standard vehicle sounds in GTA 5 are preset by the game developers. However, they may not always align with the real-world sound of the vehicle model represented in the game. This incongruity can disrupt the authentic feel of the gaming experience, and this is where sound mods come into play.

Preparation Phase

Necessary Tools

Changing the engine sound in GTA 5 requires specific tools and files. Here’s what you’ll need:

  1. GTA 5: Ensure you have the latest version of the game installed on your device
  2. OpenIV: This is a multi-purpose editor and archive manager for the Grand Theft Auto series. You can download it for free here
  3. Notepad++: This is a free source code editor and Notepad replacement that supports several languages. Download it here
  4. Sound Mod: A variety of sound mods are available online. Choose one that resonates with your preference

Time Required

Approximately, it takes around one hour to successfully change the vehicle sound in GTA 5.

Process of Altering Vehicle Sound

Downloading the Necessary Files

Your journey on how to change vehicle sound in GTA 5 begins with downloading the required files. Sound mods are available in a variety of options, so it’s crucial to research and find one that you prefer. After identifying the suitable mod, download it, ensuring it is compatible with your game version.

Installing the Mod

Once the mod is downloaded, you need to install it. Extract the files from the mod’s archive. Open OpenIV and navigate to the game’s directory. To install the mod, copy the mod’s files into the game’s directory.

Editing the .meta Files

After the mod is installed, the .meta files need to be edited. To do this:

  1. Launch OpenIV and click the ‘edit mode’ button
  2. Locate the vehicles.meta file which contains the data of the vehicle you want to change its sound. (mods\update\update.rpf\common\data\levels\gta5). Drag the vehicles.meta file to your desktop. Open it with Notepad++ (or Notepad)
  3. Press control+f, search for this line: <modelName>vehicle_name
  4. A few lines below that line, you’ll find the line <audioNameHash />
  5. Replace this line with: <audioNameHash>new_vehicle_sound</audioNameHash>

The new_vehicle_sound should be the name of the vehicle sound you want the car to have. Ensure that the sound mod is available in your game. If your game isn’t updated, the sound mod must be for a car that actually exists in your game.

Configuring the New Engine Sound

After installing and setting up the mod, you need to configure it. You can usually alter sound settings from the game’s options menu. Ensure the new sound works by testing it out.


If you encounter any issues while changing the vehicle sound, here are a few things you can do:

  • If the game isn’t launching, ensure your game version is compatible with the mod
  • If the sound doesn’t work, verify that you’ve copied the files correctly and the mod is properly configured


Can I change the vehicle sound in the single-player version of GTA 5?

Yes, the single-player mode of GTA 5 allows for modification of vehicle sounds.

Will changing the vehicle sound affect the game’s performance?

While changing the vehicle sound should not affect GTA 5’s performance, using a large quantity of mods or many heavy mods could slow down the game. Therefore, it’s advisable to monitor the game’s performance when testing mods.

Can I change the sound of other vehicles besides cars in GTA 5?

Absolutely. With the right mods, you can change the sounds of airplanes, boats, and motorcycles. It is possible to modify the sounds of various types of vehicles in the game.


Changing the vehicle sound in GTA 5 can significantly enhance your gaming experience, providing a more realistic and immersive feel. With the right mod and correct installation and configuration, you can make your cars roar and give your game a unique touch.

Additional Resources

GTA 5 offers various possibilities for customizing vehicle sounds. Here are some additional resources you might find helpful:

  1. GTA 5 Modding Forums: These are great platforms for finding mods, asking questions, and sharing experiences
  2. YouTube Tutorials: Numerous video tutorials are available that guide you from installing mods to configuring them
  3. GTA 5 Modding Websites: There are various websites that offer mods for GTA 5. These sites usually have tutorials and forums to assist you, as well as a wide range of mods
  4. Gaming Communities: Join communities of like-minded individuals who also mod their games. These communities often share knowledge, experiences, and resources

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