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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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Today: Emma Needs Second Opinion Before Buying

09.24.2013

Emma is looking for her first car and she's fallen for a 1975 Mercedes 240D that will likely need its differential replaced very soon. Should she try to negotiate the price with the seller or just walk away? Tom thinks Emma is a young woman of extremely refined tastes, but Ray cautions that the car may spend a lot of time parked in her driveway. Read the case for and against, right here. 

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Road Koans

09.23.2013

What’s a koan, anyway? We're glad you asked. Step right this way and allow Tom Bodett to enlighten you.

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Don't Gamble on Ball Joints

09.19.2013

A mechanic at John's local quick oil change place told him his ball joints were worn. John hasn't noticed any changes in the handling or tire wear, and he doesn't trust this guy. What should he do? Tom and Ray say even if this mechanic is running a scam, John would be wise to heed the warning and get a second opinion. Find out why, right here. 

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