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03.29.2016

Robert wants to know if it's worth the extra coin to stick with synthetic that the previous owner used, or go with dinosaur bone oil in his CRV. 

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What's the Best Way to Keep a Battery Charged?

03.24.2016

Marty has a GMC pickup that he rarely uses. What's the best way to keep the battery charged? 

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Can Car Talk Solve Marital Dispute About the AC?

03.22.2016

Bill and his wife had a car years ago that would overheat on steep grades if they ran the AC. They've upgraded their cars since then but now they disagree on whether they still have to use the heater on inclines. Who's side will Car Talk take? 

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Today: What's Wrong With Bonnie's Lincoln Navigator?

03.18.2016

The air suspension system on Bonnie's 2003 Lincoln Navigator seems to work fine until the weather gets cold. Can Car Talk diagnose the problem?

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Does Oil Leak Mean Engine Death For Sue's Subaru?

03.15.2016

Sue just changed the head gasket on her 2002 Subaru Forrester. Now it's leaking oil. What gives? 

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Diesel vs. Hybrid: Which Is Cleaner?

03.10.2016

Barbara has a 2006 VW Jetta diesel that she's considering replacing. Is a Prius a good choice for her? Car Talk's advice here.

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Today: Mary Misses Her Minivan!

03.08.2016

Mary's buying a new car and has narrowed it down  to the Dodge Journey, Subaru Forrester, Ford Escape, Mitsubishi Outlander, Toyota RAV4 or Honda CR-V. What would Car Talk recommend? 

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Cruise Control Questions: What's the Best Way to Resume Speed?

03.03.2016

Richard notices that when he hits the "resume" on cruise control, it accelerates much faster than he would if he were accelerating manually. Is this good for his fuel economy? 

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Is It Safe To Drive Car With Slipping Transmission?

03.01.2016

The transmission on Bill's 2000 Volvo V70 is slipping. Is it safe to keep driving it? Car Talk's take, right here.

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Should Kids Learn to Drive on a Manual or an Automatic?

02.25.2016

Karen learned to drive on a manual transmission and thinks it made her a better driver. But is it safer to teach kids on an automatic? Car Talk's advice, here.

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Father vs. Son: Who's Right About Tire Pressure?

02.23.2016

Larry thinks 50 psi is too full for a tire; his son says he prefers the ride that way. Who's right?

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Can Car Talk Diagnose Ed's GMC Sonoma Mystery?

02.18.2016

"Well, now you know why the previous owner sold it."

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Which Catalytic Converter is Broken on Ben's Tacoma?

02.16.2016

Ben is a broke college student and he's just learned that the catalytic converter on his Toyota Tacoma is bad. His dealer and a second mechanic agree that he can ignore it until he starts experiencing performance issues. The Car Talk Department of Automotive Ethics weighs in! 

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Lower Gear vs. Riding the Brakes: What's Best

02.11.2016

Joe's daily commute includes a steep mountain road. What's better for his Ford Explorer Sport Trac-using the brakes all the way down or relying on lower gear? Car Talk's answer here.

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Man Seeks Subaru

02.09.2016

Jay is hoping to buy a used Subaru but the local car dealer who specializes in Subarus has made some suspicious claims. Can Jay trust him? Car Talk's advice right here. 

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