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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

do lug nuts swell and if so why
Nov 01, 2016

Swollen Lug Nuts Are Driving Tim Nuts

Dear Car Talk

How do lug nuts swell, and what's the cure for this problem?

Toyota Sequoia 2014

Police dogs
Oct 28, 2016

What Happens When a K9 Cop Misses His Target?

Tim Cotton

Find out why "Officer" Ninja owes Sergeant Tim Cotton a new pair of pants. 

law enforcement

Car features for dogs.
Oct 28, 2016

Dog-Friendly Features Every Car Should Have

FIDO Blog

Built in safety equipment? G.P.S. programmed to brake for treats? Dog-friendly features every car should have, right here. 

pets

obeying the law while traveling with your dog
Oct 28, 2016

Dogs in Cars: Common Sense--and the Law

Jim Motavalli

We all know our canine friends should be kept out of hot cars, but here's the rundown on crates, what to pack, and the whole sticking-heads-out-of-the-window thing.

pets

Are SUVs a good choice for seniors?
Oct 27, 2016

Are SUVs the Best Choice for Seniors? Maybe Not.

Jim Motavalli

A bum knee makes me appreciate cars with easy entrance and exit. Not like my Miata, which I fall into with a loud plop.

seniors driver height Nissan Pathfinder

why won't my toyota tacoma start if its hotter than 80 degrees
Oct 27, 2016

The Best Way to Tell a Shop about a Problem

Dear Car Talk

Tom's Tacoma has a problem that only happens in specific conditions. What's the best way to convey this to his mechanic?

Toyota Tacoma 1996

is the chrysler pacifica a good choice for the owners of some big dogs
Oct 25, 2016

Reader Seeks Ray's Approval on the Latest Chrysler Family Hauler

Dear Car Talk

Will Deborah be happy with the new Pacifica? Ray chimes in with his own Chrysler minivan experience.

buying minivans hybrids Chrysler Pacifica

Five auto innovations
Oct 25, 2016

Five Car Milestones: Does Innovation Pay Off?

Jim Motavalli

For the most part, going first with new auto inventions failed to pay off. The cautious companies gave the people what they were used to, and made the money. 

auto industry history

Plymouth Satellite
Oct 24, 2016

The Patron Saint of Mopar

Tim Cotton

Tim Cotton earned the money to buy his first car mopping floors in the hospital morgue. What's your first car story? 

buying Plymouth