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Is My Car Sending Smoke Signals about Its Health?

Dear Car Talk

Dear Car Talk | Mar 23, 2017

White smoke on starting, you and your car soon will be parting.

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is exhaust from a classic car dangerous to breathe
Oct 11, 2016

The Engine is a Stinker, But Have They Exhausted All Options?

Dear Car Talk

Lola's '46 Ford truck has the smelliest exhaust in the neighborhood. Is it worth fixing, or is it a health hazard?

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How well do luxury cars hold their value
Oct 07, 2016

The Great Supercar Value Drain: Why Econoboxes Rule

Jim Motavalli

Supercars and econoboxes both lose a lot of value when you drive them out of the lot. But with an Elantra you're out at most $10,000 after five years, compared to a Rolls that has made off with more than $100,000.

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why does hitting the blower motor on my AC fix it when it's stuck
Oct 06, 2016

This 4Runner's Blower Motor is a Whack Job

Dear Car Talk

Dale's Toyota 4Runner has a blower that sometimes needs a solid whack to get working. Should he replace it, or just smack it a while longer?

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Ford Focus transmission and door latch problems.
Oct 05, 2016

Used Ford Focus – Buy This Year, Not That One!

Car Talk Car Complaints

Shoppers looking for a Ford Focus should avoid these years to stay away from door latch issues and failing transmissions.

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Army trade show
Oct 04, 2016

Shopping at the Army's One-Stop Trade Show

Jim Motavalli

In the heart of the nation's capital, generals kicked the tires on the latest tanks, and checked out the latest in armor-piercing rounds, mine ploughs and sniper rifles.

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could i store a deflated spare tire to save cargo space
Oct 04, 2016

Is This Flat Tire Fix Spare on Logic?

Dear Car Talk

Greg has an idea that will revolutionize the spare tire. Will it work or flat-out fail?

tires

Difference between winter tires and regular tires
Oct 04, 2016

The Case for Winter Tires...On a Skating Rink!

Jim Motavalli

Notre Dame's skating rink was the setting for a showdown between all-season and winter tires. Guess which ones won?

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why do seat belts click in the middle of the seat and not the sides
Sep 29, 2016

Short Grandmas and Hidden Seat Belts

Dear Car Talk

Susan has a heck of a time belting in the grandkids' booster seats. Has anyone invented a better way to reach those buried fasteners?

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Dog-friendly hotels
Sep 29, 2016

We'll Leave the Bowl Out for You

FIDO Blog

Planning a road trip with your pet? Car Talk's pet experts recommend dog friendly hotels.

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