Blogs

Should Mike Ignore a Cam Sensor Error?

Dear Car Talk

Dear Car Talk | Mar 30, 2017

Mike's cam sensor error isn't a good candidate for the black-tape 'fix', but there's good news.

check engine light Chevrolet Malibu 2008

2016 European Web Summit
Nov 14, 2016

Talking Robots, Connected Scooters and Sharing Rides at the Web Summit

Jim Motavalli

Europe's answer to CES is just as packed with great tech ideas. Previously in Dublin, now it connects in Lisbon.

alternative energy alternative vehicles self-driving

Bird poop and car color
Nov 11, 2016

Is Your Car Prone to Poop? (Bird Poop, That Is).

Staff Blog

What color car do birds "tag" the most? We've got the study results!

wildlife

is it safe to put the car in neutral on a downhill
Nov 10, 2016

Coasting Downhill in Neutral -- Bonus or Boooogus?

Dear Car Talk

Ted wants to know if coasting down a hill in neutral saves wear and tear, and gas. 

transmissions safety fuel economy

Nov 08, 2016

First Signs of the Carpocalypse: 2014-2016 Jeep Cherokee

Car Talk Car Complaints

Our latest installment of First Signs of the Carpocalypse covers a nagging problem with the Jeep Cherokee’s nine-speed transmission.

should i use a lower or a higher octane gas if i can't get mid range gas
Nov 08, 2016

What to Do When You Need an Octane in Between?

Dear Car Talk

Dave needs an octane in between what's offered at the pump. Should he become an impromptu mixologist when filling up?

gasoline Toyota Avalon 2016

Geronimo's Cadillac
Nov 03, 2016

Geronimo's Cadillac and Other Automotive Tales of the Old West

Jim Motavalli

Legends like Buffalo Bill, Annie Oakley and indeed Geronimo survived into the horseless carriage era, and readily turned in their faithful steeds for something more dependable.

history

can i use tap water to fill batteries
Nov 03, 2016

Do Batteries Need Distilled Water?

Dear Car Talk

Joe wants to know if batteries need distilled water to thrive, or if good old tap water will do the trick.

batteries

Nov 03, 2016

Used Honda Civic – Buy This Year, Not That One!

Car Talk Car Complaints

A used Honda Civic is always a safe bet, but some years are much better than others when it comes to reliability and owner complaints.

transmissions Honda Civic 2001 2006

famous cartoon cars
Nov 02, 2016

Kicking Tires on 7 Cartoon Cars

Jim Motavalli

From the Flintstones to the Jetsons. Unless they had flying belts, cartoon characters needed some form of surface transportation. Here's their go power.