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Auto News for Wednesday, June 17

06.17.2015

GM uses old Volt batteries to power office building. The system includes a set of 300-foot-long jumper cables so if need be, you can get a boost from another building.

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The "Convoy" Story, or "What If the Quaker Oats Guy Had a No. 1 Hit Record"

06.16.2015

Tom Bodett now famously outed himself for hating the song "Convoy," to the point that it made him evacuate from the lower 48. But the story behind the song "Convoy" is one of the greatest swindles ever to be perpetrated on the American public. It's at the intersection of bumpkin music, twin oil crises, the truckers' strike, and the close of the Mad Men era, and you've got to read it to believe it.

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To Fix or Not to Fix: The Plastic Bumper

06.16.2015

Today: Car Talk hears from Kathy who scraped off a piece of her bumper on a icy snow bank in her driveway this past winter. The repair is expensive so she's wondering if it's necessary. Our advice, right here.

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Student Teams Build Green Camaros for Fun--and Good Jobs

06.16.2015

It's long nights of hard work, but the pot of gold at the end of the three-year EcoCAR competition is a lucrative career.

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Auto News for Monday, June 15

06.15.2015

Automotive News! A highly irreverent service from your pals at Car Talk.

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Before Bluetooth: The History of Car Audio for Dopes

06.12.2015

You kids have it easy. You jump in the car with your phone in your pocket and your car is smart enough to recognize the music there and starts playing it automatically, LIKE MAGIC. In my day, we had primitive methods for getting music in the car AND WE LIKED IT. Here's a look at how we got music in cars in the days before Bluetooth.

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Auto News for Friday, June 12

06.12.2015

Honda will take further charges of $363 million for Takata airbag recalls. Ouch, that hurts, but not as much as metal shards sprayed from your steering wheel.

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Catch You on the Flip-Flop, Good Buddy

06.12.2015

How one terrible song drove Tom Bodett away from civilization and into the wilds of Alaska.

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What's the Lifespan of a Spare Tire?

06.11.2015

Gordon wants to put a bike rack on his 14 year old RAV-4, but he'd have to remove the tire cover to do so. Will this impact the life of his spare? Car Talk's advice, right here.

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Seven Great Summer Driving Songs, and Six Misses

06.11.2015

Some songs are perennial reminders of the lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer. Others just make your headache worse.

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