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Today: Alcohol in the Crankcase?

01.23.2014

Lorilee wants to add a few capfuls of denatured alcohol to the crankcase of her vehicles to remove oil sludge before she changes the oil. Is this a good idea? Tom and Ray say it may not harm anything, but it's not going to do her any good. Find out why, right here. 

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Hackers Have a New Target: Your Car

01.22.2014

Cars today have data ports and event data recorders (black boxes), and they can and are being hacked in a variety of creative ways. Bad guys are rolling back odometers, stealing cars with electronic keys, erasing crash data and more. And wait, it all gets worse when every car has 4G access.

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Is Mechanic to Blame for Timing Belt Woes?

01.21.2014

Kaylyn had her Bug's timing belt replaced but 23 days later it broke! Her mechanic said the crankshaft pulley was to blame, but Kaylyn is suspicious. Did her mechanics do something wrong? Find out what Tom and Ray think, right here. 

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Today: Oil Numbers Explained

01.16.2014

Tom and Ray hear from Fred who wants to know what the "W" stands for on his motor oil. Winter? Weight? Tom and Ray settle the question once and for all. 

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Brace Yourself: Teen Driving Habits Get Worse over Time

01.16.2014

A new study finds brand-new drivers are great at paying attention to the road...for the first few months, anyway.

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2014 Detroit Auto Show: The Kitman Files

01.16.2014

Jamie Kitman looks past the glare of overwaxed surfaces at every turn, and gives us his take.

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Detroit Auto Show 2014: The View From the Floor

01.16.2014

With input from Car Talk listeners, here are some of the highlights of the North American International Auto Show in the Motor City.

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Today: No Fire, No Problem?

01.14.2014

After two hours on the highway, the floor and underside of the middle seat are hot to the touch in Beth's Honda Odyssey. Her mechanic says as long as nothing is glowing there's no problem. Tom and Ray disagree and think Beth's right to be worried. Read their theories on what's going on, right here. 

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Ford Rolls Out Aluminum-Bodied F-150

01.14.2014

The F-150 has been the bestselling vehicle in the U.S. for 32 years, so cutting 700 pounds of dead weight out of it is a really big deal. Couple it with an EcoBoost engine, and 30 mpg could be the result.

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Chevy's Detroit Balance: Green Cars and 620-Horsepower 'Vettes

01.13.2014

Volt versus 'Vette: Chevrolet's Corvette Z06 will grab the headlines at Detroit's auto show next week, but did you know that Chevy actually sold more Volts in 2013? In trying to save weight and increase fuel economy, rip-roaring performance cars and plug-in hybrids actually have more in common than you'd think.

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