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When It Comes to Tire Pressure, Too High Is Better Than Too Low

Dear Car Talk

Dear Car Talk | Jul 20, 2017

Temperature changes are causing tire pressure warnings in Gary's Tacoma. How should he adjust it, keeping safety in mind?

tires air pressure Toyota Tacoma 2017

Using Cruise Control on Downgrades Won't Harm Your Engine
May 23, 2017

Using Cruise Control on Downgrades Won't Harm Your Engine

Dear Car Talk

Doug uses cruise control to slow his roll on descents. How does this affect his drivetrain?

cruise control safety transmissions

Automotive Dictionary
May 22, 2017

Fan Takes Issue With Car Talk Blogger's Use of Word "Issue"

Staff Blog

Got a linguistic pet peeve? Here's a letter from someone who has an issue with "issue" and isn't too shy to tell us about it! 

rants

Moth
May 19, 2017

The Mechanic and the Moth

Staff Blog

A mechanic was working late one night when a man walked into his shop. "Can you help me?" the man asked. "I think I am a moth."

lame jokes

Is Engine Noise in Brand-New Car Normal?
May 18, 2017

Is Engine Noise in Brand-New Car Normal?

Dear Car Talk

Mary Lou's new car has odd noises escaping from the engine compartment. Do "they all do that" or should she press her mechanic for an answer?

noises Ford Escape 2016

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