Join the Car Talk Community!

The Latest on

Latest on

Big Brother Video Camera Can Improve Your Driving


This video monitoring system makes teens and fleet drivers behave better. It certainly caught me when I drove like an idiot.


Jury's Still Out on Aftermarket Batteries


Anne's Prius needs a new battery and she's tempted to replace it with a much-cheaper, aftermarket version. Tom and Ray aren't quite ready to endorse this move yet because they don't know enough about these batteries. Want to help Tom and Ray? If you've replaced your hybrid battery with an aftermarket part, write in and tell us what happened. 


LeMons Dispatch: Fast, Cheap, and Out of Control, But Mostly Cheap


Spending a maximum of $500 to see if you can coax your lemon over the finish line ahead of all the other junk heaps without getting Nixon-ed? Sounds like Tom & Ray's kind of lousy race.


Why Are We Still Subsidizing Fossil Fuels?


Every year, governments around the world pay out more than $500 billion to support oil, gas and coal production. Do they really need those subsidies, and aren't we trying to fight global warming by phasing out those fuels?


Today: What to Do About Missing Piece?


Stephanie lost the tip of a sparkplug and she's worried it fell into her engine. She's wondering how much damage this will do. Tom and Ray say she should find a mechanic with a boroscope. Find out what the heck that is, and why it will help Stephanie, right here. 


The Big Auto Loan Debt is in Tea Party States


I thought the whole Red State goal was to not get into debt. But the biggest car-related debts are in the redder-than-red southern tier.


Motor Mounts: To Replace or Not to Replace?


Robert's mechanic thinks his engine mounts are showing some wear and due for a replacement. But Robert wonders how this can be true for a gently driven truck with less than 100,000 miles on it. Tom and Ray say there's a considerable distance between "showing wear" and "need to be replaced".  Robert should get a second opinion. Find out why, right here.


Today: Best Convertible for a Nonagenarian?


Anne's ready to trade in her Subaru Outback for something a little more fun. She wants a convertible. But she's also looking for something safe with good gas mileage; a 93-year-old lady has to be a little bit practical. What do Tom and Ray suggest? Something in red, obviously. 


Cutting Weight with Aluminum Cars: Is the Ford F-150 Next?


Novelis opens a huge new auto aluminum plant in upstate New York. As carmakers try to reach 54.5 mpg by 2025, they're shedding pounds with the metal -- check out the Audi A8 and Tesla Model S. Is the very mainstream Ford F-150 the next all-aluminum vehicle?


Dash Cammes 2013 Schedule


Last week, we asked Car Talk fans around the world to send us their favorite footage from dashboard-mounted cameras. Our jury has chosen the winners, and we'll be announcing them all weekend. So grab some popcorn, and check out the schedule right here.



Support for Car Talk is provided by:

Donate Your Car,
Support Your NPR Station

...and get a tax break!

Get Started

Find a Mechanic



Rocket Fuel