Blogs

Does One Flat Tire Require Purchasing Two?

Dear Car Talk

Dear Car Talk | Apr 25, 2017

Chen is mix-and-matching tire inflation pressure to account for wear differences between a new tire and older ones. There are better options.

tires BMW X3 2015

Smart traction control
Feb 03, 2017

Spin Control: Smart All-Wheel-Drive Is Your Friend

Jim Motavalli

A day of slipping and sliding at snowed-in Lime Rock Park in a Buick Envision demonstates the value of electronic stability control.

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Feb 02, 2017

How to Stop a Car That Creeps on Hills While Parked

Dear Car Talk

Poke's new Subaru Forester wants to roll away on hills. Is the engine, clutch, or parking brake the culprit?

transmissions brakes clutches Subaru Forester 2016

The truth about unleaded gas
Feb 01, 2017

Before Tobacco, There Was Leaded Gas

Jamie Lincoln Kitman

Today marks yet another anniversary of the monumentally unfortunate first time gasoline with lead in it was offered for sale to consumers.

gasoline history

DC Auto Show
Jan 30, 2017

From Washington: Where's Donald Trump on Self-Driving Cars?

Jim Motavalli

The Washington Auto Show usually focuses on policy--there aren't any new model introductions. This year, everybody was wondering where the new President stands on the issues, especially self-driving cars.

hybrids electric vehicles

Jan 26, 2017

Proper Maintenance, Not Additives, Is What a Car Needs

Dear Car Talk

Prolonging your engine's life may mean keeping clean oil in it instead of feeding it slick additives.

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Subaru engine noises
Jan 26, 2017

Subaru Engine Sounds - They All Do That

Guest Bloggers

Johnznot's new Subaru Outback is making a noise. His dealer says "they all do that." Is this true, or is the dealer just trying to get out of doing any work? Our verdict here.

noises Subaru Outback

Comedians in cars
Jan 25, 2017

Comedians in Cars Getting Karaoke

Jim Motavalli

What do Jerry Seinfeld's and James Corden's driving around shows have in common? How about, everything?

Jan 24, 2017

This Manual Is Acting Like an Automatic

Dear Car Talk

Kelly's Subaru Outback takes off when she eases out the clutch--something it hasn't done before. What's affecting her idle speed?

throttles Subaru Outback 2009

Off-duty police officer wearing fanny pack
Jan 23, 2017

Will Hitchhike For Shrimp

Tim Cotton

Our blogger Tim Cotton on hitchhiking, police conferences and why it's always worth it to upgrade your rental car (when somebody else is paying.)

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