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Should Mike Ignore a Cam Sensor Error?

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Dear Car Talk | Mar 30, 2017

Mike's cam sensor error isn't a good candidate for the black-tape 'fix', but there's good news.

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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?

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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.

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Will fuel economy regulations change
Dec 01, 2016

CAFE Regs Upheld; Cue the Whining

Jamie Lincoln Kitman

The EPA announced yesterday that it would hold firm on its 54.5 mile per gallon corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) requirement for 2025. 

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is a five dollar car a good deal
Dec 01, 2016

There Is a Reason This Car Only Cost $5

Dear Car Talk

Sarah's son bought a stalling Nissan at a bargain price. Can he find the right repair to keep it a bargain?

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Japanese roadsters and sportscars
Nov 30, 2016

Dependable Fun: Three Bargain Japanese Roadsters

Jim Motavalli

The Mazda Miata, Toyota MR-2 Spyder and Nissan 350Z Roadster all offer reliable rides--driving fun without the headaches of the MGs, Triumphs and Lotuses of old.

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Flying cars
Nov 30, 2016

After Many Failures to Launch, Here Come the Flying Cars

Jim Motavalli

Inventor Dezso Molnar may build contraptions out of Mad Max movies, but they're legal flying cars. And he's not alone.

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Car with smashed window
Nov 30, 2016

To Lock or Not to Lock?

Tim Cotton

For some, that's actually a question! 

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how can I get a refund for work that was never performed
Nov 29, 2016

Did Dealer Lie about Replaced Hydraulic Lifters?

Dear Car Talk

Don got a bill for $3751 and he's not sure the work was done. If the lifters weren't fitted, how can he ensure his claim isn't aquitted?

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1966 Datsun 1600 Fairlady roadster
Nov 28, 2016

Divine Intervention and a 1966 Datsun 1600

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What brought you and your car together? Fate? Divine intervention? Or just a really good sale?

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