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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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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
Mike's truck wouldn't start and a mechanic of a mechanic passing by suggested he hit the fuel-pump with a hammer while someone else tried to start the car. Can Car Talk explain why this method works and whether he still needs to replace the fuel-pump?