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Remembering When Sears, Roebuck Sold Cars

Jim Motavalli

Jim Motavalli | Oct 17, 2018

Sears declared bankruptcy this week, done in by Amazon and online entities. It was no more successful in its efforts to become an automaker.

history auto industry

Raindrops Keep Falling on His Head
Oct 16, 2018

Raindrops Keep Falling on His Head

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Leaky sunroof defies repeated attempts to fix the problem

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Does "Sealed for Life" Really Mean It?
Oct 04, 2018

Does "Sealed for Life" Really Mean It?

Dear Car Talk

I bought a used 2006 Volkswagen Touareg. VW keeps saying the transmission is sealed for life, but 150,000 miles with the original fluid makes me nervous.

transmissions fluids Volkswagen Touareg 2006

Oct 02, 2018

What's Really Left in the Tank When the Gauge Reads "E"?

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I've always heard that when the gas gauge is on "E," there are still a few gallons in the tank. Is this true?

fuel economy

Ernest Hemingway's 1955 Chrysler New Yorker
Oct 02, 2018

Actor David Soul (Starsky & Hutch) Restores Hemingway's Chrysler--in Cuba

Jim Motavalli

The biggest problem in renewing Papa's old convertible is getting spare parts past the U.S. embargo.

history restoration Chrysler New Yorker

This Old Benz Needs Grounding
Sep 27, 2018

This Old Benz Needs Grounding

Dear Car Talk

A simple bad connection may be part of a frustrating power issue

electrical wiring batteries Mercedes-Benz 1979

Park, Brake or Parking Brake?
Sep 25, 2018

Park, Brake or Parking Brake?

Dear Car Talk

Confusion over order of steps for parking on a hill has this reader rattled

parking brakes

An elk stands in the road in Yellowstone National Park
Sep 24, 2018

In Yellowstone: Of Bears, Bison and Keeping the Park Green

Jim Motavalli

It takes a lot of hard work to keep the spectacular, 2.2-million-acre Yellowstone natural. Porous pavement and on-board tire inflation systems help.

A Tiny Culprit Might Cause a Big Issue
Sep 21, 2018

A Tiny Culprit Might Cause a Big Issue

Dear Car Talk

Defective brake light switch to blame for car not starting.

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