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Is My Car Sending Smoke Signals about Its Health?

Dear Car Talk

Dear Car Talk | Mar 23, 2017

White smoke on starting, you and your car soon will be parting.

engines smoke Toyota Camry

what is magnasteer and do i need it
Dec 29, 2016

What Is Magnasteer, and Is It Necessary?

Dear Car Talk

David's 2002 Buick LeSabre needs a new rack and pinion. Does he have to stick with a Magnasteer replacement?

steering Buick LeSabre 2002

Cars Americans keep the longest
Dec 29, 2016

The Cars We Keep the Longest? They're All Japanese

Jim Motavalli

Want a car you'll still love after a decade? Toyota is most likely to make it, says a new survey.

my car won't start and makes staticky sounds
Dec 27, 2016

Pushbutton Start Doesn't Always Do the Trick

Dear Car Talk

Paul's Accord has a push button start that requires some coaxing. It's under warranty--but how it's handled at the service counter helps down the road.

starters Honda Accord 2013

Should I call the front seat?
Dec 23, 2016

The Hierarchy of Riding Shotgun

Tim Cotton

Who gets the front seat on a car trip? Tim Cotton explains the rules of engagement. 

etiquette

i can't figure out how to replace fix my parking lights
Dec 22, 2016

David Needs Help with a Common Car Problem

Dear Car Talk

David tried fixing the usual culplrits and he still can't get his Buick's parking lights to work. The solution is easy if he knows where to look.

DIY electrical wiring lights Buick Century 1994

2009 Honda Odyssey
Dec 22, 2016

Used Honda Odyssey: Buy This Year, Not That One!

Car Talk Car Complaints

The Honda Odyssey is a comfortable family vehicle much beloved by owners. However, like all used vehicles, the Odyssey minivan has years and problems a shopper may want to avoid. 

transmissions Honda Odyssey

Solar paneled roadway
Dec 21, 2016

Solar Panels? You're Driving on Them

Jim Motavalli

Imagine a road made of interlocked photovoltaics, capable of charging vast fleets of electric cars--or whole communities. It's possible, but very, very challenging.

alternative energy

should i keep my car with blue smoke and a broken odometer
Dec 20, 2016

Is It Time to Say Goodbye to a Faithful Truck?

Dear Car Talk

Lee's Toyota had 208,000 miles on it--when the odometer broke ten years ago. Should he keep his daily driver running, or let it go?

selling oil cost of ownership

Lucid Air will compete with Tesla
Dec 15, 2016

The New 1,000-Horsepower Lucid Air Is Chasing Tesla's Electric Tail

Jim Motavalli

Lucid Motors unveils a battery sedan with 2.5-second zero-to-60 times, 400 miles of range and over-the-air updates. Yes, Elon Musk is paying attention.

electric vehicles