Blogs

Speeding up the Heat on a Chilly Morning

Dear Car Talk

Dear Car Talk | May 24, 2018

There's no shortcut 'switch' for getting the engine to warm up faster.

heating overheating thermostats

Vintage Earl Scheib Paint Ad
May 23, 2018

It's a Wrap!

Jim Motavalli

They used to spray paint designs on vans. Now they add dragons and maidens in peril by wrapping those vans in plastic. Progress!

paint

Are Pricey Wipers Worth the Bucks?
May 22, 2018

Are Pricey Wipers Worth the Bucks?

Dear Car Talk

Should you wring out your wallet to wipe off your windshield?
 

wipers

When Is a Leak More Than a Nuisance?
May 17, 2018

When Is a Leak More Than a Nuisance?

Dear Car Talk

Oil on the motor not necessarily an emergency.

oil leaks 2005

Bartender behind a bar
May 16, 2018

Lame Joke: A guy walks into a bar...

Staff Blog

A guy walks into a bar and sees a sign that says, "Win the carnivore challenge: Get free drinks." 

lame jokes

Can Solar Panels Extend an EV's Range?
May 15, 2018

Can Solar Panels Extend an EV's Range?

Dear Car Talk

Solar panels on cars are a good idea--but aren't practical yet.
 

hybrids batteries electric vehicles

1962 Covington Tiburon
May 14, 2018

A Fishy Idea: Aquarium Shows off Barracuda and Sting Ray...Cars

Jim Motavalli

The scaly car show in Connecticut includes a Plymouth Barracuda, Corvette Sting Ray, Rambler Marlin, and much more. Any fish cars they're missing? 

classic cars

2012 Ford Fusion
May 14, 2018

Ford's Folly in Betting Solely on SUVs

Jim Motavalli

With the car line reduced to the Mustang and a Focus, the Ford brand is making a short-sighted decision.

auto industry Ford

Who's to Blame for High Bill?
May 10, 2018

Who's to Blame for High Bill?

Dear Car Talk

Is this a case of proper maintenance or a padded bill?

warranties maintenance Subaru Outback

Keeping a Vacation Home Vehicle Ready to Go
May 08, 2018

Keeping a Vacation Home Vehicle Ready to Go

Dear Car Talk

How best to treat a car that stays at a vacation home.

batteries maintenance storage