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Kill Your (Gas Pump) TV

Tim Cotton

Tim Cotton | Jul 26, 2017

Rant: What's the point of those gas pump TVs?

rants gasoline

How to Find a Car with All the Safety Bells and Whistles
Jun 20, 2017

How to Find a Car with All the Safety Bells and Whistles

Dear Car Talk

Jennifer's family wants the safest car possible for her dad. What features should she consider?

safety safety features

What to Do When the Drop Top Stops Dropping
Jun 15, 2017

What to Do When the Drop Top Stops Dropping

Dear Car Talk

A finicky convertible top might not be expensive to fix after all--it may just need an expert.

convertibles Nissan 350Z 2009

Why Do the Pros Tighten Everything So Tight?
Jun 13, 2017

Why Do the Pros Tighten Everything So Tight?

Dear Car Talk

David uses a breaker bar to loosen his oil filter. Is the Hulk working at his oil change shop, or is this normal?

oil oil changes DIY

Volvo XC60
Jun 08, 2017

Volvo's New XC60 is an Ultra-Safe Luxury Package

Jim Motavalli

Volvo is staying competitive with a brand-new product line--including the refreshed XC60, aimed straight at the luxury crossover buyer.

auto industry reviews Volvo XC60

Why Are These New Tires So Leaky?
Jun 08, 2017

Why Are These New Tires So Leaky?

Dear Car Talk

A rookie mistake might explain why Frank's new tires keep going flat.

tires

Are Modern Cars Hurt by Idling to Warm Up?
Jun 06, 2017

Are Modern Cars Hurt by Idling to Warm Up?

Dear Car Talk

Is it still a good idea to let a car idle to warm up in the winter, or can we move on?

winter

Making long-haul trucking greener
Jun 02, 2017

Keep on Trucking (But Plug Them In, Add Drones, and Make Them Autonomous)

Jim Motavalli

From Europe, great solutions for reforming the dirty business of long-distance trucking.

infrastructure alternative vehicles

Startled dog
Jun 01, 2017

What's That Smell? Dogs, Anal Glands and Your Car

FIDO Blog

Now there's a word we never thought we'd have to write in the headline of a Car Talk article. How to defeat pet odor in your car, right here. 

pets smells cleaning

Stocking up on Hard-To-Find Parts Not a Bad Idea
Jun 01, 2017

Stocking up on Hard-To-Find Parts Not a Bad Idea

Dear Car Talk

Hanging on to your beloved older car? It might be smart to hoard a few parts made of unobtainium. 

hoses Mercedes-Benz 280SL