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Car Talk's Summer Driving Tips

Staff Blog

Staff Blog | Jul 21, 2017

Summer driving tips from Car Talk. Print these out for trouble-free motoring on your summer road trips.  

driving tips

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

May 02, 2017

If It Can Make It Here: The New Volkswagen e-Golf in Manhattan

Jim Motavalli

VW updated its electric e-Golf with more power and range. Since EVs are supposed to be city cars, I took it into the maelstrom that is Times Square.

electric vehicles reviews Volkswagen e-Golf 2017

Apr 28, 2017

The Best Green Cars Under $40,000

Jim Motavalli

Hybrids, plug-in hybrids and battery cars are now competitively priced, and also competitive with the best mainstream entries.

buying hybrids electric vehicles

Intermittant Dying Is Probably Due to Bad Fuel Pump
Apr 27, 2017

Intermittant Dying Is Probably Due to Bad Fuel Pump

Dear Car Talk

This Honda's odyssey through the Black Hills was cut short by a mysterious stalling issue. The culprit might be an easy fix.

fuel pumps gasoline Honda Odyssey 2009