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Breakthrough Batteries: Fighting to be the Next Big Thing

05.21.2014

Today's standard lithium-ion cells are today's standard, but disruptive technology that's cheaper, lasts longer and charges faster may be around the corner. Here's what's in the works.

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The Zipper Merge: Vote Now

05.21.2014

The Zipper Merge (aka late merging) is one of the most controversial maneuvers in traffic. We're going to settle this issue once and for all, the Car Talk way, with a highly unscientific poll. Cast your vote now!

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Jeannie Needs a New Car: Husband Needs Convincing

05.20.2014

Jeannie's husband wants to keep their 2002 Toyota Sienna with 260,000 miles until it dies, but Jennie's worried she'll be the one driving it when it finally goes--and worse, she'll be on a lonely stretch of highway when it's 30 degrees below.Tom and Ray have lots of ideas for Jeannie, from rational economic and safety-based arguments to more underhanded means of persuasion. Read them all right here.

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Wheeler Dealers: British TV Show Restores Cars for Fun and Profit

05.16.2014

In their colorful reality show on Discovery, a car trader and a mechanic team up to restore and flip cars, telling you just how they did it.

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Why Does Grover's Truck Run at Random?

05.15.2014

Grover has a 1999 GMC Sierra that spends most of its time parked in the garage until deer season. The problem? Whenever Grover or his wife are in the garage, they hear something running, like a pump of some kind. Can Tom and Ray explain why the parts of the truck are running when parked? Find out what they say, right here. 

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Austin's Aston Scion

05.15.2014

Aston, as in Aston Martin? And Scion, as in Toyota? Yes, that's right. A creative car nut in Texas has redefined the meaning of "hybrid vehicles."

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Today: The Difference Between Highway and Off-road Miles?

05.13.2014

Mike and his family live in Doha, Qatar and his wife's daily commute could be made a lot shorter and a lot less stressful if she were willing to do three miles off-road each way. But she's worried that the off-road driving will cause premature wear and tear. Tom and Ray explain the difference in wear and tear for highway miles versus off-road miles, right here, but suspect that Mike has misdiagnosed the real problem: that his wife hates the bumpy off-road ride. 

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Apply Here: $16 Billion in Green Car Loan Money

05.13.2014

An obscure Federal loan program saved Tesla and brought Nissan Leaf production to America. The program went quiet in the wake of the ill-fated Federal loans to Solyndra, but now it's back in business-- with $16 billion to share. Here's a look at what's coming. 

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Today: How to Roll-Start a Diesel Engine?

05.08.2014

Bobby wants to know if he can roll-start his diesel-powered car by engaging a higher gear and popping the clutch. Tom and Ray say every vehicle is dfferent so he'd have to experiment to figure out which gear he'd want to use at what speed. They also have some exciting news for Bobby about a new invention that makes this method of starting cars unnecessary. Find out what it is, right here.

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Baby Boomers Still Driving (But, Mostly, Staying Safe)

05.08.2014

The postwar generation was the most mobile in history. Now they're reaching retirement age and don't want to give up the keys. Should we worry?

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