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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

how can i save the electronic presents when i swap my battery
Dec 15, 2016

How to Keep Your Presets during a Battery Swap

Dear Car Talk

If your car's battery gives up the ghost, here's how to preserve those radio presets and other electronic settings during the swap.

batteries

Christmas tree on a truck
Dec 14, 2016

Christmas Tree Transport: Whatever Works

Staff Blog

This holiday cheer isn't going to drive itself home.

2010 Toyota Prius
Dec 14, 2016

Used Toyota Prius – Buy This Year, Not that One!

Car Talk Car Complaints

The Toyota Prius is so reliable it is hard to call any years bad, but some years do rise above others.

Toyota Prius 2010

should i ignore the thermostat in my buick
Dec 13, 2016

This LeSabre Owner Is Looking for LeSolution to Overheating

Dear Car Talk

Thomas has an overheating Buick that has stumped several mechanics. Could the culprit be something simple?

overheating thermostats Buick LeSabre 2005

Keep dogs away from antifreeze
Dec 12, 2016

The Blue Juice: Antifreeze and Dogs

FIDO Blog

What do I do if a dog swallows antifreeze? Can I teach a dog to leave this alone while someone is tinkering with cars in the driveway?

pets coolant

how easy is it to change the headrests in my subaru
Dec 08, 2016

Uncomfortable Headrests Leave Driver in Awkward Position

Dear Car Talk

Ann wants to know if her 2015 Subaru's headrests can be swapped so she's not hunched over while driving.

Subaru Legacy 2015

Most people don't trust their mechanic
Dec 07, 2016

Two-Thirds of Americans Don't Trust Auto Repair Shops

Jim Motavalli

AAA reports that Americans don't trust mechanics, thinking they're being overcharged or being sold unnecessary parts. Frankly, they'd rather go to the dentist than to their local garage. 

mechanics

is a mismatched thermostat the reason the motor doesn't warm up
Dec 06, 2016

Why Is Mike's Ranger Not Warming up Properly?

Dear Car Talk

Mike's '92 Ford Ranger needed a thermostat, so the parts guy sold him one from a '75 Ford Pinto. It fits, but is it the reason the truck still won't warm up?

thermostats Ford Ranger 1992

Delphi self driving car
Dec 04, 2016

Thinking Machines: A Ride in Delphi's Self-Driving Cars, Targeted for 2019

Jim Motavalli

Autonomous from Delphi and Uber cars hit the road in Pittsburgh, where once the steel trucks ruled.

self-driving