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Nosey Device or Noisy Relay?

Dear Car Talk

Dear Car Talk | Nov 16, 2017

That "tracking device" sound is probably just a noisy blend door.

noises Honda Civic 2011

To Idle, or Not to Idle? That Is the Question This Week
Nov 14, 2017

To Idle, or Not to Idle? That Is the Question This Week

Dear Car Talk

Should you let your car sit and idle to warm up? We take a look at a hot issue. And Frank, the neighbor.

emissions

Dark street
Nov 10, 2017

The Least Wonderful Time of the Year

J.C. Howard

A Public Service Announcement about phantom vehicles

headlights

An electric car from BMW at the Web Summit, Lisbon, Portugal
Nov 10, 2017

Self-Driving Cars? They're Here Now. And Lots More Besides.

Jim Motavalli

Bombshells and milestone on the road to autonomy at the Web Summit in Portugal. Oh, and Al Gore, too.

self-driving auto industry high-tech

Here's Our Handy Shock Bounce Test Instructions
Nov 09, 2017

Here's Our Handy Shock Bounce Test Instructions

Dear Car Talk

The "bounce test" is a great combination of cardio workout and shock absorber diagnostic.

suspension Jeep Grand Cherokee 2004

Toddler having a tantrum
Nov 08, 2017

"It'll be OK William, hang in there buddy!"

Staff Blog

A woman in a supermarket is following a grandfather and his badly behaved three-year-old grandson.

lame jokes

3-D painted crosswalk
Nov 08, 2017

3-D or Not 3-D? That is the Question

J.C. Howard

A town in Iceland tries their hand at pedestrian safety and a fancy paint job.

safety

An electric delivery van in Brooklyn, NY
Nov 08, 2017

Here Comes the First Big Electric Truck Fleet!

Jim Motavalli

New EV player Chanje teams with Ryder to put 125 battery-powered cargo vans on American streets. And that's just the beginning.

electric vehicles trucks

Throttle body
Nov 07, 2017

Is Mechanic's Throttle Body Recommendation Legit?

Dear Car Talk

Gary's dealer wants to service the throttle bodies on both of his Toyotas. Is it legit or b-o-o-o-o-gus?

dealers Toyota 4Runner 2007

Performance Unlikely to Be Affected by Bad Cam Sensor
Nov 02, 2017

Performance Unlikely to Be Affected by Bad Cam Sensor

Dear Car Talk

This old Explorer can keep exploring--as long as it's a short drive. Here's why.

sensors Ford Explorer 1996