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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Today: Chris heard that you can recharge your battery faster by running your engine faster. Is this true? Car Talk weighs in, right here.
Vinnie has a Subaru Outback that he only uses for winter driving. He wonders if it's OK to disconnect the battery and leave it sitting for eight months out of the year. Car Talk's answer, right here.