Why Buy a Truck to Tow Once a Year?


Kevin occasionally tows a 1-ton pontoon boat, and he needs to replace his truck. He's hoping for something with better gas mileage. What does Car Talk recommend?


Brilliant or Bogus: Robert's Diesel Engine Swap Idea


Robert is looking at a VW Tiguan, but he really prefers diesel. Can he just buy the car anyway and swap in a diesel engine? Is this more trouble than it's worth?  


Today: The Bouncing Fender Test


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?


What's Causing Uneven Wear on Brake Pads?


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? 


Today: The Friends and Family Discount


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


Wife vs. Husband: Battle of the Turn Signals


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


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


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. 


Today: The Citroen Midwife


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? 


Down the Rabbit Hole


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. 


Whack It With a Hammer!


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.


The Noble Art of Goofing Off


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. 


Is Cecelia's Mechanic Aboveboard on Gasket Replacement?


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. 


Teen Drivers: You Are Being Watched


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. 


A Wellspring of Misinformation!


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?


What's the Deal With Nitrogen-Filled Tires?


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.