A Modern Mystery: Why Hang Back at Stoplights?

04.14.2015

Jim's a self-described old timer and he's noticed a new phenomenon--people leaving several car lenghts between themselves and the next car at traffic lights. Can Car Talk solve this mystery? 

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Today: Best Car to Buy for Doomsday?

04.09.2015

Lynne's buying a new car and she's concerned about . . . Doomsday. Can Car Talk recommend a vehicle that will flourish in an environment of EMPs, limited fuel availability and worthless money? 

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The Convertible, the Rain, and the Mold

04.07.2015

John drove his convertible during a heavy rain, not realizing that the top had worn out. Now he has a little mold problem. Car Talk explains his options, right here. 

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The Case of the Disappearing Brakes

03.31.2015

Catherine's Ford Focus is experiencing intermittent brake failure but her dealership doesn't seem to believe her. Car Talk's advice? Instruct her heirs to sue the dealership... Oh, and get it fixed. Find out how, here. 

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What Caused Rear Wiper Failure?

03.26.2015

Vinod's rear wiper stopped working. So far his mechanic has replaced the motor, a coil, and a switch, to no avail. What can they try next? Car Talk suggest he try a different mechanic! 

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What's Causing Periodic Engine Misfire?

03.24.2015

Jim hit a big puddle a while back, and now his engine misfires when it's rainy or humid. Can Car Talk help him out? 

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Life is Too Short to Worry About Shifting

03.19.2015

Maurice takes issue with some of Car Talk's previous directives about how best to downshift. Will Car Talk try to convince him? Or is life to short to worry about how you shift?

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Felicia's Car Can't Take the Heat

03.17.2015

Felicia's car dies whenever the temperature reaches the high 90s; unfortunately for her she lives in the southwest. Will Car Talk have a fix for her? Or should Felicia start packing? Find out here. 

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What's Causing Howard's Sticky Brakes?

03.12.2015

Howard's brakes are sticking. Is it because he uses his left foot? Or can Car Talk come up with another explanation?

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Jan vs. Husband: Rental for a Road Trip?

03.10.2015

Is it cheaper to rent on long road trips, or to drive your own car? Car Talk weighs in on Jan's problem.

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Why Does the Defroster Make Shirley's Kia Run Rough?

03.05.2015

Shirley's defroster seems to make her engine run rough. Has Car Talk ever seen this before?

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Did Julia Cause Brake Failure?

03.03.2015

Julia's brakes failed, and she had heard that driving with the parking brake on can cause the brakes to give out. Is that what happened to her? See Car Talk's answer and post your own guess, here.

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Why Won't Car Pass Inspection?

02.26.2015

Nadine's son's car won't pass the smog inspection until he gets a new catalytic converter. Car Talk thinks someone pulled a fast one on him when he bought the car. 

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The Shop is at Fault, But Can Pam Prove It?

02.24.2015

Pam paid $400 to have her right rear axle bearing replaced. Turns out, the shop didn't do the work. Can Car Talk help her prove it? 

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Today: Synthetic Oil Sticker Shock

02.19.2015

Sherri's used to paying $35 for an oil change, but her new car requires synthetic oil, at $75 a pop. Car Talk explains why it's worth it, right here.

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