Join the Car Talk Community!


The Volare with the bad ballast resistor


I have a Volare that's really been a great car In fact it's the only car I've ever owned However one small problem is that it won't start on cold days I have to park on an incline so that...


How to purchase an after maker turbo charger...


My family just purchased a Volvo diesel station wagon with a liter six cylinder engine We couldn't help but immediately notice it's severe lack of power For the model year Volvo introduced a turbo charger for the same engine we...


Why two keys for a car?


Why is it necessary to have two different keys for a vehicle--one to open the door and one to start the engine Wouldn't a single key would make life much easier Joseph RAY I think it's part of the government's...


Blending gasolines...


I'm a professor although not in engineering I have a ' Acura Legend that requires octane gasoline Most gas stations around here stock and octane One station stocks and at prices less than competitors If I fill half the tank...



  • Tom and Ray

    Twice a week, Tom and Ray take your questions in their nationally-syndicated newspaper column. Carried by over 300 papers around the country, Click and Clack's award-winning column is available online only via the Car Talk web site.
    Read More

  • Jim Motavalli

    A regular contributor to the New York Times, Jim's focus is the green car revolution, though he loves offbeat auto stories, too!
    Read More

  • Jamie Kitman

    Jamie is New York Bureau Chief for Automobile Magazine, auto editor for GQ. He's won a National Magazine Award for commentary.
    Read More

  • Tom Bodett

    Prolific writer, Wait Wait…Don't Tell Me! panelist, and former All Things Considered Alaska commentator, Tom Bodett's focus is anything that runs on gas or diesel, and a lot of times stuff that doesn't, too.
    Read More

  • Guest Bloggers

    Tom and Ray don't have a monopoly on bad ideas. That's why we have a guest blog.
    Read More

  • Kieran Lindsey

    Kieran Lindsey is Car Talk’s staff Automotive-Wildlife Guru. She is also the editor of the Journal of Wildlife Rehabilitation, co-author of Urban Wildlife Management, and has been licensed to drive a car for over 30 years.
    Read More

  • Driver Distraction

    The latest findings, news and analysis from two of the country's leading researchers on distracted driving.
    Read More

  • Jim Hanna

    Jim writes about what he likes - cars with character, characters with cars, and great drives in beautiful places.
    Read More

  • Staff Blog

    So, just what does go on at Car Talk Plaza? Our staff blog takes you past the angry hordes outside our door, and into our greasy, inner sanctum.
    Read More

  • Auto News

    The latest auto news, curated by Car Talk staff.
    Read More

  • Ian Chillag

    He lives with his girlfriend in Chicago, where he is a producer for NPR and host of "Anderson Cooper 360."
    Read More

Support for Car Talk is provided by:

Donate Your Car,
Support Your NPR Station

...and get a tax break!

Get Started

Find a Mechanic



Rocket Fuel