What's Causing Gas Smell at Stoplights?

09.17.2015

Dan's car is running just fine, but he's been noticing the smell of gasoline when idling at stoplights. The mechanic hasn't been able to replicate the problem. Car Talk's advice for detecting the source of the leak, right here.

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Today: Will Daily Garage Ramp Driving Wear Tires Unevenly?

09.15.2015

From the Department of Theoretical Automotive Physics, Rodney wonders if all the right turns he makes on his daily drive to the fifth floor of his work's parking garage will cause his tires to wear unevenly. Car Talk's answer here.

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Today: Acceptable Substitutions for Transmission Fluid?

09.10.2015

Marc wants to substitute tractor hydraulic fluid for the recommended Dextron trasmission fluid his car takes. Can Car Talk talk him out of this harebrained idea?

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So Hard to Say Goodbye . . .

09.08.2015

Phil wants Car Talk to help him preserve the life of his 1990 Ford Ranger, which leaks and burns oil, smells like coolant, and the chassis, shocks and gas lines are almost rusted through. Is Phil delusional?

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Did Outside Storage Cause Rotors to Warp?

09.03.2015

Galen's car was recalled for airbags and during the two-month wait for the repair, it sat outside the dealership. When he picked it up, he found his brake rotors were warped. Was exposure to the elements to blame? Car Talk thinks there's another explanation.

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Should Lee Replace Parts Before Long Trip?

09.01.2015

Lee's taking a cross-country road trip in a fifteen year old car. Does Car Talk recommend any preventative maintenance before the trip? Find out here.

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Today: What's the Advantage of Having Two Tailpipes?

08.27.2015

John remembers when cars had true dual exhaust systems. He wonders if today's two-tailpipe cars have any advantages over the single tailpipe variety. Car Talk's explanation here.

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Is LED in Device Charger Drawing Down the Battery?

08.25.2015

Alan unplugs all the chargers for his electronic gizmos when he parks overnight. Is he wasting his time? Car Talk explains how long it would take for an LED light to impact the battery, right here

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Today: What's Causing Engine to Rev?

08.20.2015

Howard's Honda Civic tends to rev at stoplights or stop sign. He's taken it to the dealer but they haven't been able to figure it out. What's going on? Car Talk's answer here.

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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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