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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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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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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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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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Idling is for Inconsiderate Knuckleheads

01.09.2014

John manages an RV park and he wonders why his guests run their engines for 30 minutes before they roll out each morning. Tom has a few choice words for these folks (see above). And Ray explains why this is not only unnecessary, it can actually cause damage to the engines of the RVs.

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Elio's $6,800 Car Edges Closer to Production

01.08.2014

Would you drive a three-wheeled car? You're about to get the chance. The Elio is coming to a dealer near you -- and for only $6,800, to boot. Here's the low down.

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Cars and Cold Snaps: FAQs

01.07.2014

In honor of  the polar vortex, we’ve compiled some of Tom and Ray’s wisdom on the subject of getting your car started and keeping it going on frigid mornings

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