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Using Cruise Control on Downgrades Won't Harm Your Engine

Dear Car Talk

Dear Car Talk | May 23, 2017

Doug uses cruise control to slow his roll on descents. How does this affect his drivetrain?

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Jan 05, 2017

Is Higher Octane Gas "Better"?

Dear Car Talk

Dee's car requires 87 octane gas according to the manufacturer. Here's why she may be wasting money filling it with premium.

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Jan 05, 2017

Used Ford Fiesta: Buy This Year, Not That One!

Car Talk Car Complaints

The Ford Fiesta is a great economy car, particularly for urban use, but beware the perils of Powershift.

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Cars from the Simeone Museum collection
Jan 04, 2017

Fast Company: In Philadelphia, the Ultimate Collection of Sports Racing Cars

Jim Motavalli

While working as a leading neurosurgeon, Dr. Fred Simeone assembled a world-class collection of sports racers, including a Cobra Daytona that belonged to Phil Spector, and a mouth-wattering assemblage of Ferraris, Jaguars, Aston Martins, Corvettes (including a Grand Sport) and Alfa Romeos. The crown jewel, according to Simeone? An Alfa 8C 2900B that won the 1938 Mille Miglia.

Keeping pets out of engine compartments
Jan 04, 2017

Keep Those Pets Out of The Engine

FIDO Blog

Tips for keeping pets safe around cars in cold weather.

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Jan 03, 2017

A Cooked Relay Leads to Frazzled Nerves

Dear Car Talk

The warning buzzer in Terry's Montero won't shut off. Finding the relay may quiet his commute.

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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?

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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.

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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. 

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