Winter to Blame for Gas Mileage Plunge

Dear Car Talk

Dear Car Talk | Jun 27, 2017

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

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.


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. 

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


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


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.


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