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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.

engines smoke Toyota Camry

2017 Volvo V90 XC
Sep 16, 2016

Rocky Mountain High: Volvo's New Cross Country

Jim Motavalli

Volvo's new wagon slots in between the S90 sedan and the XC90 SUV. All are built on the same platform, and share four-cylinder engine tech.

Volvo V90 Cross Country Volvo XC60 2017

can i swap in my full size spare as a 4th new tire
Sep 15, 2016

Should An Old Spare Tire Handle Regular Tire Duty?

Dear Car Talk

Gary and Patty plan to use their old full-size spare on their 4Runner, but should they plan its retirement party instead?

tires Toyota 4Runner 2007

Suburus burning oil.
Sep 14, 2016

Used Subarus– Buy This One, Not That One

Car Talk Car Complaints

Used Subarus pose a unique challenge for buyers. Here's what you need to know about the excessive oil consumption issue.

oil buying used cars Subaru Forester Subaru Outback

should i spend another two grand on a twenty-year-old car
Sep 13, 2016

When Is a Newer Car a Better Fit for a New Driver?

Dear Car Talk

Gordon's faithful old Toyota needs some pricey repairs before he hands the keys to his teen granddaughter. Should he go to the shop or car lot?

repairs teens safety oil Toyota Tercel

Sep 13, 2016

From the Cockpit, It's Ford's Self-Driving Car

Jim Motavalli

We're getting closer to taking the driver out of the equation. Ford is putting its autonomous vehicles into shuttle service on its Dearborn, Michigan, corporate campus by 2018. Meanwhile, journalists get to go along for test rides.

self-driving Ford Fusion Hybrid 2018

car trends of the past
Sep 09, 2016

Please, No: Failed Automotive Trends

Jim Motavalli

Automatic seatbelts and semi-automatic transmissions, plus the supposed demise of the convertible and the incredible disappearing CD player.

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why is my audi leaking water and flooding my carpets
Sep 08, 2016

This Frustrating Water Leak May Have a Cheap Fix

Dear Car Talk

A mysterious leak has baffled Tina and waterlogged her Audi's carpeting. What's the source of this irritating irrigation?

air conditioning leaks Audi Q7 2007

smart phone car keys
Sep 06, 2016

Virtual Car Keys Are Coming...to Your Smartphone

Jim Motavalli

That key fob you've been jingling in your pocket since the dawn of time? Wave it goodbye. It's migrating to an app, and we're going to be emailing keys to friends. Should we be worried?

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what deteriorates in a car when it doesn't get driven
Sep 06, 2016

Does Extended Parking Cause Problems?

Dear Car Talk

Fred's Fit will sit for a bit while he waits for a replacement airbag. Will parking it a few months cause any problems?

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