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The Puzzler is on Vacation!

Staff Blog

Staff Blog | Aug 18, 2017

The Puzzler is still enjoying summer vacation, but you can browse the entire puzzler archives, right here. 

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

Knock Sensor Can Be a Costly, but Necessary, Pain to Repair
May 30, 2017

Knock Sensor Can Be a Costly, but Necessary, Pain to Repair

Dear Car Talk

When opportunity knocked, it was the opportunity to spend over two grand on a knock sensor replacement. Is there a cheaper repair option for William's 4Runner?

sensors Toyota 4Runner 2005

A Weaving Car Is Not Safe to Drive
May 25, 2017

A Weaving Car Is Not Safe to Drive

Dear Car Talk

Lucy checked all the usual suspects on her weaving Corolla, but there's another culprit to investigate.

alignment tires steering Toyota Corolla 1999

Cargo ship
May 25, 2017

Lame Joke: The South Pacific Collision

Staff Blog

What happened when two ships collided? 

lame jokes

1955 Chevy Cruise
May 25, 2017

1955: A Great Year to Buy a Car in America

Jim Motavalli

1955 was a year of innovation. With debuts including an all-new Chevy Bel Air, the Ford Thunderbird, the Citroen DS, the Triumph TR3 and MGA, consumers couldn't go wrong.

history

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