Today: The Bouncing Fender Test

02.03.2015

Leisa is worried that the drive-in oil change place she took her car too is trying to con her. They bounced her fender a couple times and said her struts are shot. If this were true, wouldn't she have noticed?

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What's Causing Uneven Wear on Brake Pads?

01.29.2015

Robinson's brakes are wearing unevenly, and different shops are giving him conflicting reports on when he needs to get this job done. Can Car Talk explain waht's really going on? 

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Today: The Friends and Family Discount

01.27.2015

Anne's son replaced her turn signal bulb. He wants $35, but should she demand the friends and family discount?

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Wife vs. Husband: Battle of the Turn Signals

01.22.2015

Can Car Talk help convince Barb's husband that he should always use his turn signals? 

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Today: What's the Deal With Worn Out Brakes?

01.20.2015

The rear brake pads on Gary's Chrysler Town and Country are worn out and Gary can't figure out why, since front brakes do most of the stopping and should wear out first. What gives? Car Talk's explanation, right here. 

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Today: The Citroen Midwife

01.15.2015

Quentin's grand-niece was just born--en route to the hospital, in the back of his nephew's Citroen Xsara. Does this mean the car is part of the family now? 

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Down the Rabbit Hole

01.13.2015

Who pays when a mechanic goes down the rabbit hole? Car Talk weighs in on whether Danny's mechanic should refund him for a misdiagnosis. 

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Whack It With a Hammer!

01.09.2015

Mike's truck wouldn't start until a mechanic walking by suggested he hit the gas tank with a hammer. This dubious advice actually worked, and now Mike wants to know why. Car Talk explains, here.

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The Noble Art of Goofing Off

01.06.2015

James restores classic cars for fun and his neighbor recently thanked him for "preserving our automotive heritage."  This was news to James who thought he was just goofing around in the garage. Are goofing off and acting nobly mutually exclusive? Car Talk weighs in, here. 

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Is Cecelia's Mechanic Aboveboard on Gasket Replacement?

01.01.2015

Cecelia's mechanic says he has to remove her entire windshield to replace a damaged gasket. Is this correct? Find out here, plus Car Talk's advice for how she can make this repair a bit less painful. 

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Teen Drivers: You Are Being Watched

12.30.2014

John is teaching his nephew how to drive wants to buy a speed inhibiting device, like the kind used in commercial fleets. The problem? Nobody seems to make these for the Honda Civic. Car Talk has another idea: An electric nanny to make sure the kid knows he's being watched. 

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A Wellspring of Misinformation!

12.26.2014

Today: Marc's dealership told him that if he wants to avoid getting stuck on ice in his front-wheel drive Nissan Altima, he should always make sure to park with his right tires on the dry pavement. Is this how front-wheel drive cars work, or does his dealer have his head up his differential? Car Talk explains, right here.

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What's the Deal With Nitrogen-Filled Tires?

12.23.2014

Clem bought a Subaru Outback with nitrogen-filled tires and now she's wondering what to do if she gets a flat in the middle of nowhere and the nearest shop just has regular air. What's the real story with nitrogen-filled tires? Car Talk's take right here.  

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Hit it With a Rock: DIY Repairs

12.19.2014

Mike's truck wouldn't start and a mechanic of a mechanic passing by suggested he hit the fuel-pump with a hammer while someone else tried to start the car. Can Car Talk explain why this method works and whether he still needs to replace the fuel-pump?

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Does a Faster Engine Equal a Faster Battery Charge?

12.18.2014

Today: Chris heard that you can recharge your battery faster by running your engine faster. Is this true? Car Talk weighs in, right here. 

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