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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Is Ford Dealership Giving Jane the Runaround?

02.17.2015

Should Jane's Ford Explorer's woes be covered under warranty? Car Talk's advice, right here.

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Today: When to Replace Tires?

02.12.2015

How to tell if it's time to replace your tires. 

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Why Buy a Truck to Tow Once a Year?

02.10.2015

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?

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Brilliant or Bogus: Robert's Diesel Engine Swap Idea

02.05.2015

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?  

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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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