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Phil vs. Wife: Who's Right About ABS?

06.05.2014

Phil wants Tom and Ray to weigh in on a difference of opinion between himself and his wife. Tom says you're not supposed to pump the brakes when you have an anti-lock braking system, but his wife says she heard on MythBusters that it's safe. Find out how anti-lock braking systems work, right here. 

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Today: The Broken Trunk Latch

06.03.2014

Eric's brother can't get the trunk on his 2007 Toyota Corolla to open. They've tried opening it from the inside, but to no avail. Tom and Ray say they might have been missing two key elements for successful car repair. Find out what those are, and what Eric should do next, right here.

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Way, Way Back: The '60s Through the Back of a Station Wagon

06.03.2014

The sight of a tri-colored Buick Caballero kid hauler sends the author back in time, like Proust's madeleines. The 50s and 60s were all about wood-paneled wagons for Americansof a certain age. 

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Dart vs. Dart: Our '63 Dodge Against a '14 GT

05.30.2014

The 1963 Dodge Dart is an iconic vehicle at the Car Talk garage, so how does it stack up against the modern competition?

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What's Wrong with Phil's Jeep Wrangler?

05.29.2014

Phil needs help diagnosing the problem with his 1997 Jeep Wrangler. It runs fine until he hits 60mph, and then it starts to sputter. He's changed the fuel filter, tried out a fuel-injector additive and switched to high octane gasoline but nothing's worked. Tom and Ray suggest the one thing he hasn't tried -- calling a mechanic. 

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Crowd Pleaser: The $6,800, 84-mpg Elio is Getting Closer

05.28.2014

I test drove the latest version of the three-wheeled, two-seat Elio in Manhattan, and was mobbed by people who wanted to know what it was and when they could get one. Late next year, they're saying, if all goes well.

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I Sing the Golf Electric. And the New GTi, Too.

05.28.2014

The Volkswagen Golf, neé Rabbit, turns the big 4-0 in the United States and VW is marking the occasion with the launch of a series of Golfs manufactured in its new Mexican plant. Some are roomier, somer are cheaper...and some are even electric.

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Today: Arch's Camper Compromise

05.27.2014

Arch and his wife are getting ready to retire and they want to see the sights. They're hoping to find a compromise vehicle that makes up for the having fewer comforts and features than a full-sized RV with better gas mileage and drivability. Can Tom and Ray recommend the right ride? 

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Recycling Windshields: It's the Right Thing to Do

05.23.2014

Most windshields, made from a glass and plastic sandwich, end up in landfills. But Safelite recycled more than a million of them last year.

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Today in Bogus: Transmission Preservation

05.22.2014

Today: David wants Tom and Ray to set the record straight on some bizarre driving behavior from the past. In high school, he used to cruise around with his friend in the friend's dad's '73 lime green Ford Pinto. The dad insisted that the kid use first and third gears on odd numbered days and second and fourth on the even numbered days, which he insisted would double the life of the transmission. Where does this fall on the scale of one to completely BoOoOoOgus?  

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