Rebuild or Replace: What's the Best Choice for an Older Car?

08.18.2015

Dear Car Talk: I recently inherited the car I spent my childhood washing. It has some problems...

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Routine Maintenance: What Can You Skip?

08.13.2015

Lilian's car is due for routine maintenance, but she's on a fixed income. What's critical to her car and what can she skip? Car Talk's answer, right here.

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Can Darwin Trust the Dipstick?

08.11.2015

Darwin just did his first oil change and added the ammount of oil recommended by the manual. But when he checked the oil the next day, the dipstick showed it was over full by half a quart. Is the dipstick ever wrong? Car Talk's answer here.

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Today: New Wheels Without a Dealership?

08.06.2015

Heather is shopping for her first car in 20 years, so she can transport her mom and her mom's wheelchair around town. The problem? She's hated interacting with dealers. Can she get a new car without one?

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Why is Rica's Car Stuck In Gear?

08.04.2015

Rica's Subaru Forester is stuck in gear. The million dollar question: Why? Car Talk offers some theories, right here.

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Today: Starting a Car That's Already Running

07.30.2015

How much damage is done to the starter and other parts when you restart a car that's already running? Car Talk explains.

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Can Car Talk Convince People to Stop Idling? A Reader's Plea

07.28.2015

Patrick's town is full of idlers. The worst offender is the illegal 18-wheeler that idles for 30-45 minutes at at time, in his neighborhood. Can Car Talk convince people to just cut it out?

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What's Next for the Bogged Down Bug?

07.23.2015

Jeffrey's '69 VW Bug continuously bogs down and he's tried everything to fix it. Nothing's worked. Car Talk's suggestion for what he should try next, right here.

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What Caused the Engine to Seize?

07.21.2015

Don's daughter's engine suddenly seized up, and now the car is dead. What caused this and was there anything they could have done to have prevented it?

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Laura's One Year Car

07.16.2015

Laura's family needs a second car so she can do research for her dissertation, but she only plans to keep it for a year. Should she buy or lease? Car Talk's advice here.

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Today: Six is the New Eight

07.14.2015

Bruce is buying a new car and wonders if a six cylinder Buick will deliver the same performance he got out of his eight cylinder Grand Marquis. Car Talk's cylinder math, right here.

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Good Scanner for Shade Tree Mechanic?

07.09.2015

Larry recently bought an OBDII/CAN scanner for $25. Should he have shelled out for a fancier model? Car Talk's answer, right here.

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Did Dana's Strut Fix Itself?

07.07.2015

Dana recently broke a strut on a bad road. It came loose and was hanging down. A few days later, she loo'ked again, and the broken part was upright and in place again. What's going on here?

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Is it OK to Use Snow Tires Year Round?

07.02.2015

Over the winter, Leeanita got a Nissan Rogue that came with brand new snow tires. She loves the way they handle. Can she keep them on year-round? Car Talk's advice right here.

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To Dump or Not to Dump: The Mechanic Who Didn't Call

06.30.2015

Would you stick with a mechanic who performed a $1000+ service without your permission? What if he's done great work for you in the past, even for free? That's Jeff's question to Car Talk today. Our advice, right here.

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