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Valve May Be Culprit in Car That's Hard to Refuel

Dear Car Talk

Dear Car Talk | Jun 22, 2017

Mark's Roadmaster takes a long time to fill up at the pumps, and not just because of size of the tank. There's a common problem that may explain it.

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Pros and cons of self driving cars
Oct 13, 2016

Build First, Ask Questions Later

Jamie Lincoln Kitman

Autonomous cars will change the way we live. So why is industry getting to call our shot into the future?

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Indian auto industry
Oct 11, 2016

Will Americans Buy Cars From India?

Jim Motavalli

Indian carmaker Mahindra & Mahindra is planning a beachhead in America. Don't laugh--India's Tata is already selling us Jaguars and Land Rovers.

auto industry

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?

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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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