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Honk If You Like 55 Degree Weather

10.08.2013

Dan has a Chevrolet Astro Van with a very particular horn. It won't honk unless the temperature is warmer than 55 degrees. Unfortunately, Dan lives far enough north that such fine weather is not the norm. Tom and Ray say modern horns are pretty simple. Read their explanation of how Dan can easily figure out which part of the horn system is broken, right here. 

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What Chattanooga Needs: A Green Airport Link

10.07.2013

Chattanooga is proud of its record as a green city, and it it should be. But the hole in the sustainability doughnut is transportation--despite a downtown electric bus shuttle, visitors end up taking a lot of cabs. Needed: a better airport link.

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The Case of the Disappearing Dashboard Lights

10.03.2013

Steve is a private eye, but there's one case he hasn't been able to crack--the dashboard lights in his surveillance van flicker on and off while he's driving. Can Tom and Ray solve this mystery? How much scratch will Steve have to lay down to fix his little problem? Ever wonder what private eyes drive nowadays? Find out, right here. 

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How Does an Engine Work?

10.02.2013

Confused about how an engine actually works? You'll learn more from three seconds of staring at this animated diagram than you will if you listened to every Car Talk episode for the last 30 years!

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Car Borrowers Are Big-Time Snoops

10.01.2013

Don't leave anything in your vehicle you don't want friends, relatives and casual aquaintances to see. They're going through the guns, the CDs, the photographs, the illegal substances, and even your pill bottles.

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Short Drives Good For Car in Storage

10.01.2013

Today, Dave is storing his daughter's Nissan Altima and wants to know how often he needs to drive it to keep it running. Tom and Ray explain why the occasional short drive is the best way to maintain the battery and exhaust systems. 

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Vote For the Ugliest!

09.27.2013

You sent us your nominations for the ugliest cars on the road. We narrowed it down to our top 10. Now we’re putting it to a vote. Choose the ugliest, right here.

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Fatal Teen Crashes Up Sharply - When They Have Friends in the Car

09.27.2013

Social media and texting are likely to be big culprits, a new study shows. In most states, there are big restrictions on driving with peers, but ignorance of those laws is widespread. 

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Is Barbara's Husband Wrecking Her Starter?

09.26.2013

Barbara's car has a push button starter. She pushes it once and the car starts up just fine, but her husband holds it down until the motor engages. She's worried this will wear out the starter. Tom and Ray have done some research in the field of Deliberately Trying to Burn Out Starters, and have some highly unscientific data to report. Here's what they found out. 

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Saab's Best Bet: Going Electric

09.25.2013

The Saab production line in Trollhattan was restarted last week--to build two cars. The company, now with Japanese and Chinese owners, wants to scale the heights again, but its best bet is in forgetting about gas cars and plugging in to become a European electric carmaker.

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