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Hali's '68 Chevy and the Bad Carburetor

07.01.2014

The carburetor on Hali's '68 Chevy pickup truck is spewing gas, but she can't find a mechanic who can help. The oldest mechanic she knows advised her to tap it with a hammer (which fixed the gas leak) but is officially retired, so can't help her rebuild the carburetor herself as she had hoped. Read Tom and Ray's suggestions for Hali, right here. 

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The Beetle and the Mouse That Roared

06.30.2014

Fiat's 500 Abarth is a noisy little beast, and the Beetle GSR is--despite wild graphics--a more refined affair.

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What's Shaking Brian's Jetta?

06.26.2014

Brian's 2005 VW Jetta has a wobble in the front-end suspension. He's checked pretty much everything, the CV joints and axles, the tie rods, the struts and mounts, the tires. Can Tom and Ray tell him what he forgot to look at?

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Today: It's Ann Against the Idlers

06.24.2014

Ann does not care for engine idling. From the line of parents waiting to pick up their kids at the school where she works, to her own husband, who recently 'fessed up to having a favorite parking spot where he sits, drinks his coffee and listens to music with the engine running, Ann is completely surrounded by idlers. Can Tom and Ray help Ann convince these people they're wasting money and damaging the environment? 

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Tesla Wrecks the Curve. Volvo: See Me After Class

06.24.2014

Volvo gets a big, fat, zero for meeting new federal fuel economy ratings. Others are doing better-- though not by much, in some cases. Jim Motavalli explains why. 

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Fiat 500 - Revisiting the Original Formula

06.23.2014

How does the Fiat 500 of today stack up to its august ancestor? Jamie Lincoln Kitman takes a 1972 500R out for a spin around Manhattan to find out. So what's the difference between small and old school small? Find out right here. 

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We Got an Ice Resurfacer!

06.22.2014

Why on earth would somebody give Car Talk a perfectly good ice resurfacer? And what should we do with it now that we’ve got it? 

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Chevy and Google: Two Votes for Self-Driving City Cars

06.20.2014

The companies couldn't be more different, but both are working on tiny urban cars that could be completely autonomous. And the technology is here today.

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Tom and Ray Tick Off the Engineers!

06.19.2014

Tom and Ray's column about jacking up a Ford F-150 by the "pumpkin" ticked off some engineers. Read their mea culpa right here. 

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Teenage Daughter Won't Drive

06.17.2014

Lari's daughter is 19 but still has not gotten her driver's license. Tom and Ray say there are two schools of thought on motivating reluctant teens, the "Not My Problem" or the "Actual Parenting" schools. Who do you agree with? 

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