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How Does an Engine Work?

10.02.2013

Confused about how an engine actually works? You'll learn more from three seconds of staring at this animated diagram than you will if you listened to every Car Talk episode for the last 30 years!

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Short Drives Good For Car in Storage

10.01.2013

Today, Dave is storing his daughter's Nissan Altima and wants to know how often he needs to drive it to keep it running. Tom and Ray explain why the occasional short drive is the best way to maintain the battery and exhaust systems. 

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Car Borrowers Are Big-Time Snoops

10.01.2013

Don't leave anything in your vehicle you don't want friends, relatives and casual aquaintances to see. They're going through the guns, the CDs, the photographs, the illegal substances, and even your pill bottles.

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