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Which Pieces of Automotive History Would You Teach?

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Dear Car Talk | Jul 25, 2017

Russ needs to build a syllabus for an automotive history class. Ray gives him a short course on the topic.

history

A Pricey AC Fix Might Become Cheaper with an Easy Test
Jul 06, 2017

A Pricey AC Fix Might Become Cheaper with an Easy Test

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The dealership said Cynthia needed $1500 in repairs to make her VW's AC work again. Additional testing might save her some serious bucks.

air conditioning Volkswagen Jetta 2010

Reader Should Try Less Expensive Fix First
Jul 04, 2017

Reader Should Try Less Expensive Fix First

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Greg's bills for his Silverado's brake system won't stop, and neither will the truck. Before he dumps more money into parts, there's a simple fix that may do the trick.

brakes Chevrolet Silverado 1500 2004

Independence Day parades
Jul 03, 2017

A Curmudgeon's Guide to Surviving the 4th of July

Tim Cotton

Leading a rural New England parade also gives you an opportunity to use all the modes of the siren intermittently. Dogs hate you, kids love you, and parents put up with it because it’s the 4th of July.

law enforcement

Rubbing Sound Only Happens on Hot Days
Jun 29, 2017

Rubbing Sound Only Happens on Hot Days

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Laura's Escape makes rubbing noises when she turns the steering wheel--but only on hot days. How can she fix it before it drives her nuts?

steering noises Ford Escape 2002

Winter to Blame for Gas Mileage Plunge
Jun 27, 2017

Winter to Blame for Gas Mileage Plunge

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Donald has the same driving habits all year, but his Civic is more frugal with gas during the summer. What's the reason behind his winter of discontent?

fuel economy Honda Civic 2016

VW ID Buzz Concept Van
Jun 22, 2017

The VW Microbus is Happening (Maybe) --and it's Electric

Jim Motavalli

VW isn't confirming it, but there's growing evidence that a battery Microbus along the lines of the ID Buzz shown in Detroit in January is headed for production.

electric vehicles concept vehicles

1958 BMW Isetta 300
Jun 22, 2017

Barrett-Jackson Bets on a New England Casino

Jim Motavalli

Barrett-Jackson sponsored a Concours D'Elegance and brought hundreds of collector cars into the Connecticut's Mohegan Sun for its second annual auction. Muscle cars were featured, but there plenty of oddities, too.

auctions

Valve May Be Culprit in Car That's Hard to Refuel
Jun 22, 2017

Valve May Be Culprit in Car That's Hard to Refuel

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Mark's Roadmaster takes a long time to fill up at the pumps, and not just because of size of the tank. There's a common problem that may explain it.

gas tanks Buick Roadmaster 1996

Jun 21, 2017

Bucket-List Benz: From Whistler to Vancouver in the E-Class Coupe

Jim Motavalli

The two-door midsize Mercedes showcases high tech, safety and luxury appointments.

reviews coupes Mercedes-Benz E-Class 2017