Posts Tagged "myths"

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'Magic' Oil Plug Comprised Mostly of Snake Oil

08.23.2016

Did a $5 widget sold in the 1950's actually keep oil clean, or did it just clean out wallets?

Gas Myths: How Close to Empty is it Safe to Get?

01.21.2016
Today: It used to be that we were told to keep our gas tanks at least half-full to prevent water condensation. Is this still true?

Mechanic vs. Manual: When's the Right Time to Change Fluids?

01.19.2016
Leroy can't get a straight answer on when to change the transmission fluids in his older cars. Can Car Talk set the record straight? 

Do Gas Stations Ever Thin Gas With Water?

12.24.2015
Today: Car Talk tackles a gas station myth for Julie.

Busting Thieves By Putting Your Key in the Freezer: Boooogus!

10.14.2015
We got an email from Marianne giving us the business for suggesting thieves can't read the code from your keyless entry remote and open your car door.

True or False: It's OK to Start Car With Accessories Turned On

10.08.2015
Dear Car Talk: Is it harmful to start the car if the air conditioner, radio, etc., have been left in the "on" position?

Solar Cars? Very Cool, but Still a Pipe Dream

08.19.2015
Who wouldn't want a zero-emission greenmobile powered by the sun's rays? But the sad fact is that the panels don't generate enough energy. 

An Emergency Brake By Any Other Name . . .

04.16.2013
Today: Tom and Ray try to enlighten Todd, an emergency brake over-user, about the error of his ways. Find out why it's not a great idea to use this brake for regular stopping, and why it's really called the "parking brake", right here.

Corroded Fuel Lines and Other Urban Legends

09.21.2012
Joshua's driving instructor warned him that leaving a car unstarted for more than two weeks could corrode the fuel lines. Now Joshua's worried about all those new cars parked at dealerships across the country.  Tom and Ray explain why car dealers don't bother to employ a staff person to start up each car in the lot once every few weeks. 

Today: Manual Transmission Myths Debunked

08.21.2012
When Nina was learning to drive, her dear old dad advised her to always buy manual transmissions. But now, Nina's tired of all that shifting. Does she have Tom and Ray's blessing to go automatic?

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