Join the Car Talk Community!

Blogs

Different columnists are recommending different tire air pressures -- who's correct?

01.01.1997

A while back you guys told a reader not to inflate his tires to psi the maximum allowable printed on the sidewall You guys said instead to use psi the pressure recommended by the manufacturer in the owner's manual The...

Comments

Where could I find a gas cap for a 1961 Plymouth Valiant?

01.01.1997

My wife is very upset with me because I lost the gas cap from her Plymouth Valiant She doesn't drive the car because it doesn't have power steering But it has great sentimental value because her mother drove it for...

Comments

I dropped a driveshaft on my brand new Ford Ranger on the way home from the dealership!

01.01.1997

On September after years of deliberation I decided to purchase my first new vehicle a white Ford Ranger extended cab pickup -- automatic -liter engine and rear ABS About two miles from the dealership I brake fairly hard to slow...

Comments

Why have manufacturers put hotter thermostats in their engines?

01.01.1997

Why have automobile manufacturers put hotter thermostats in their engines The old thermostats used to be - degrees Now they're or degrees hotter than that Why would they do this It's fairly common knowledge that heat is the worst enemy...

Comments

Pages

Contributors
  • Dear Car Talk

    Twice a week, Car Talk answers your questions in their nationally syndicated newspaper column. Carried by over 300 papers around the country, this 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, and last (and certainly least), Car Talk blogger.
    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

  • Driver Distraction

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

  • Kieran Lindsey

    Kieran Lindsey is our Automotive-Wildlife Guru, editor of the Journal of Wildlife Rehabilitation, co-author of Urban Wildlife Management, and a licensed driver!
    Read More

  • Jim Hanna

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

  • FIDO Blog

    Veterinarian Sip Siperstein and professional trainer Melissa McCue-McGrath take your questions on all things animal and automotive.
    Read More

  • Auto News

    The latest auto news, curated by Car Talk staff.
    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

  • Ian Chillag

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

  • Craig Fitzgerald

    Craig has built an entire career writing about cars that nobody likes. Ready to send your 1983 Pontiac Parisienne to the crusher? Craig calls dibs.
    Read More

  • Best Ride

    Up-to-the minute automotive content, plus all the tools you need to find your next car.
    Read More

  • Jim Travers

    A fan of old Buicks, Jim writes about all things automotive and is possibly the only Car Talk staffer with track time in a racing School Bus.
    Read More

  • Car Talk Car Complaints

    Rolling Turd of the Week, Featured Fiasco. With the largest database of consumer car complaints, our editors will predict the emerging lemons.
    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


Go
Promo tile


Rocket Fuel