Does a Faster Engine Equal a Faster Battery Charge?

12.18.2014

Today: Chris heard that you can recharge your battery faster by running your engine faster. Is this true? Car Talk weighs in, right here. 

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Is it OK to Disconnect the Battery for Eight Months?

12.16.2014

Vinnie has a Subaru Outback that he only uses for winter driving. He wonders if it's OK to disconnect the battery and leave it sitting for eight months out of the year. Car Talk's answer, right here. 

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Time to Feed the Guppies?

12.11.2014

Kathleen wants to know why there's a warning light on her mom's minivan that looks like a yellow-orange fishbowl. Our verdict? Bad icon design. Now Car Talk wants to know: What do you see?

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David vs. Neighbor: Who's Right?

12.09.2014

David lets his neighbor park in his spare garage. The problem? The neighbor likes to warm up the car, with the door closed. Will Car Talk tell him to cut it out?

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Today: Outsmarted by Your Car?

12.04.2014

Steven was outsmarted by his car and Car Talk is both proud and ashamed of him. Find out why, right here

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Today: Who Should Pay Mary's Repair Bill?

12.03.2014

Mary's engine failed at 10,000 miles, and her dealer says they'll cover all the repairs, except $500. Mary thinks she shouldn't pay a dime because the car was under warranty when she brought it in. Will Car Talk back her up? 

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Buying Advice for Mark: Used Pickup Trucks

11.27.2014

Mark's in the market for a used pick-up truck and wants to know how far back he can safely go to get a decent Chevy, Ford or Dodge with the modern amenities... you know, fuel-injection and electronic ignition.

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What's Wrong With Coasting?

11.25.2014

What's the best way to come to a stop when driving a manual? Car Talk explains, right here. 

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Today: What's Causing Spongy Brakes?

11.20.2014

Chris is a rural mail carrier and drives his 2005 Scion XA for work. The problem? His brakes start out fine each morning and go spongy by midday. The next morning they're fine again. What's going on here? 

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The Mechanic's Soliloquy

11.14.2014

Craig wants to know: Is the profanity-laced tirade his mechanic unleashed during a timing belt repair a sign of a tough job, or an inexperienced mechanic? Tom and Ray's take, right here.

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Overheating is All in Your Head (Gasket)

11.11.2014

Why is Mel's 1993 Toyota pickup overheating? Tom and Ray's theories, right here.

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Worn Out Hinges?

11.03.2014

What's wrong with Danny's hinges?

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Extended Warranties: Worth the Extra Cash?

10.30.2014

Should Karl get the extended warranty on his new Fiat 500C? Tom and Ray explain how extended warranties work and when it's a good idea to shell out the extra money for one. 

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The $1K Headlight Job

10.28.2014

Kyle just paid $1113 to replace the headlight in his Acura RL. Is this the price of owning a high-end car or did Kyle just get hosed?

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The Cheapskate's Guide to Quieter Cars

10.23.2014

Winson wonders why more expensive cars are so much quieter. He can't afford a Mercedes he's hoping there's something he can install in his Camry to tone down the road noises. Tom and Ray's advice, right here.

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