Join the Car Talk Community!

The Latest on Cartalk.com

Latest on Cartalk.com

This is a clear case of testosterone poisoning.

03.01.1992

My brother-in-law has a male superiority problem about driving and we have a long-standing argument concerning down-shifting standard shift cars when approaching a stop I don't down shift I was taught otherwise My brother-in-law however says I'm stupid and I...

Comments

I like to raise the hood and see a clean engine.

03.01.1992

Here's another stupid question for you I have a Ford Crown Victoria I'm also one of these old geezers that likes to raise the hood and see a clean engine Here's my question Can I just turn my hose on...

Comments

Do you drive by any abandoned nuclear test sites on your way to work?

03.01.1992

Some unusual happenings occur on the instrument panel of my Mercury Topaz The red battery light intermittently comes on while driving This can occur for a short second or two or for two or three days and then weeks can...

Comments

What causes smoking Caravans?

02.01.1992

Our Dodge Caravan miles liter automatic exudes malodorous blue and black smoke and idles roughly when first started After two to three minutes it runs normally Our mechanic says this is oil leaking past the valve guides and is characteristic...

Comments

I'm desperate for your help!

02.01.1992

I'm desperate for your help Without fail every Friday evening since my friend's wedding three months ago my car has developed a flat tire And since I have good rubber and don't usually drive over glass and nails you're probably...

Comments

We never get letters like this from Louisiana.

02.01.1992

We own a Lincoln Town Car The heater wasn't putting out enough heat so a mechanic installed a degree thermostat It still wasn't hot enough so he put in a degree thermostat It's warm now but still not hot enough...

Comments

Why can't you unlock the rear doors with a key?

02.01.1992

Why is it that you can't unlock the back doors on a car with a key As it is you almost have to be a contortionist to reach over the front seat and unlock them This is very awkward particularly...

Comments

The most dangerous part of the car...

02.01.1992

I've heard the saying that the most dangerous part of the car is the loose nut behind the wheel but I would vote for the right side view mirror Why is it designed so that the approaching car appears to...

Comments

You should never, ever remove the thermostat.

02.01.1992

I have had several opposing views expressed to me about whether it makes a car run cooler in the summer to remove the thermostat Does it Lee TOM Yes Lee removing the thermostat does make the car run cooler But...

Comments

Your fuel pump is leaking, and that's why you're only getting a lousy ten miles to the gallon.

02.01.1992

Our father small f recently gave us an old Datsun station wagon with an automatic transmission It runs well but we get less than ten miles per gallon There is a very small leak of gasoline coming from under the...

Comments

Pages

Support for Car Talk is provided by:

Donate Your Car,
Support Your NPR Station

...and get a tax break!

Get Started

Find a Mechanic


Go
Promo tile


Rocket Fuel