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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Today: The Tale of the Haunted Minivan

02.04.2016

"I guess my question for you guys boils down to this: Should we call a mechanic, or an exorcist?"

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Brilliant or Bogus: Warren's CO2 Idea

02.02.2016

Could this be the fix for global warming? Car Talk does the math on Warren's idea to sequester excess carbon dioxide inside vehicle tires.

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Today: Did Phil's Mechanic Break the Tire Sensor?

01.28.2016

Phil's mechanic noticed that his tire sensor was cracked, but Phil decided not to repair it since it was still working fine. Two days later it was broken. Is his mechanic responsible, or is it true that "the stingy man pays the most?"

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What Really Happens When You Put Diesel in a Gas Car?

01.26.2016

What's the worst that can happen to your car if you mix up the diesel and the gasoline? And does this happen a lot? Car Talk has the answer, here.

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Gas Myths: How Close to Empty is it Safe to Get?

01.21.2016

Today: It used to be that we were told to keep our gas tanks at least half-full to prevent water condensation. Is this still true?

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Mechanic vs. Manual: When's the Right Time to Change Fluids?

01.19.2016

Leroy can't get a straight answer on when to change the transmission fluids in his older cars. Can Car Talk set the record straight? 

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Nadine's Motorhome is Running Hot: Can Car Talk Help?

01.14.2016

Nadine's 2002 Class C Motorhome runs fine, but produces so much heat on the passenger side that it's uncomfortable to ride in, even with the AC on full blast. What does Car Talk suggest? 

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Pontiac Vibe Won't Start on Flat Grade

01.12.2016

What's going on with the clutch on the '06 Pontiac Vibe? 

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What's the Point of an On/Off Switch Anymore?

01.07.2016

Rachel's car has automatic headlights, and it got her wondering about the point of the on/off switch. Is this feature outdated? Car Talk's take, right here.

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