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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.

gas tanks Buick Roadmaster 1996

Bad Head Gasket Can Lead to 'SOBS'
May 16, 2017

Bad Head Gasket Can Lead to 'SOBS'

Dear Car Talk

Art's BMW occasionally releases a smoke screen that would make James Bond proud. His mechanic isn't having any luck replicating the problem. What gives?

emissions gaskets fluids smoke BMW 325 2003

May 12, 2017

Saving Painted Turtles, with Paint

Kieran Lindsey

Drivers ignore wildlife crossing signs. So wildlife advocates are getting creative.

wildlife signs

May 11, 2017

Alignment Check Can Confirm If There Is a Control Arm Mix-Up

Dear Car Talk

Laura rebuilt the front end of her Taurus, but has a nagging suspiciion that some parts were mixed up. How can she tell for sure?

alignment Ford Taurus 1993

May 11, 2017

The Toothpaste Cure: Two Paths to Better Headlights

Jim Motavalli

Yes, toothpaste really is useful to clean your headlights, and if that's too weird you can buy a commercial restoration kit. I tried one out, and here's the results.

cleaning DIY headlights

His Windshield Wipers Seem to Have No 'off' Switch
May 09, 2017

His Windshield Wipers Seem to Have No 'off' Switch

Dear Car Talk

The windshied wipers on Steve's Chrysler Town & Country won't turn off, even with the car off. How can he keep them from going to town?

wipers fuses Chrysler Town & Country 2006

May 09, 2017

How to Get Pet Hair Out of Car Upholstery

FIDO Blog

How to get pet hair off your car's upholstery. 

pets cleaning

If You Need Basic Information about Your Car, Check the VIN
May 04, 2017

If You Need Basic Information about Your Car, Check the VIN

Dear Car Talk

Steven needs to know exactly which model Ford F150 he owns. The answer is right in front of him--and it's not necessarily a trim piece.

Ford F150 2004

Pulled over for speeding
May 02, 2017

Speeding: How Fast Is Too Fast?

Tim Cotton

What can you get away with? We asked a cop. 

law enforcement polls

Problematic New Car Sounds Like a Lemon
May 02, 2017

Problematic New Car Sounds Like a Lemon

Dear Car Talk

T.J.'s new car has been nothing but trouble. Should he bring it back to the shop again, or research lemon laws?

warranties repairs dealers electrical wiring Chevrolet Malibu 2016