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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.

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Buying used Nissan Pathfinders.
Aug 29, 2016

Nissan Pathfinder - Buy This Year, Not That One!

Car Talk Car Complaints

The Nissan Pathfinder can be a great used vehicle, but some years come with problems. We can point you in the right direction.

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how can tires that bend inward be repaired
Aug 25, 2016

Front-End Job Might Be Too Much for a Novice

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Michael's plan to snag the family Mustang starts with a front end alignment. Should this be his first DIY repair?

Volvo S90
Aug 24, 2016

Montauk by Seaplane: The Volvo S90 in the Hamptons

Jim Motavalli

The new flagship Volvo S90 bristles with technology, as does the Cadillac CT6. Both are taking on the German competition.

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can a special oil drainage plug keep engine oil from getting discolored
Aug 23, 2016

'Magic' Oil Plug Comprised Mostly of Snake Oil

Dear Car Talk

Did a $5 widget sold in the 1950's actually keep oil clean, or did it just clean out wallets?

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2016 BMW 340i
Aug 23, 2016

Rev Matching the BMW: Where's the Off Switch?

Jim Motavalli

BMWs, Porsches, GM and Nissan cars offer "improved" manual transmissions that make heel and toeing a thing of the past.

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Lawn mowers
Aug 19, 2016

Lawnmower Lessons

Tim Cotton

Find out why a rudimentary knowledge of the internal combustion engine can be an asset when trying to meet your future significant other.

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simulating texting and driving
Aug 18, 2016

Texting While Driving Kills, and Virtual Reality Tool Is the Convincer

Jim Motavalli

AT&T is taking its driving simulator on the road--to schools, medical centers and businesses--to prove that It Can Wait. Turn that cellphone off.

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will pouring hot water on the windshield to remove snow and ice crack it
Aug 18, 2016

Can Windshield Glass Withstand Hot Water?

Dear Car Talk

Mike's been using hot water to remove snow and ice from his windshield in freezing temps. Is he skating on thin ice?

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2016 Ford Explorer problems and complaints.
Aug 17, 2016

First Signs of the Carpocalypse: 2016 Ford Explorer

Car Talk Car Complaints

Sudden loss of power? Limp home mode? We've spotted a trend of complaints about the 2016 Ford Explorer. 

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