Blogs

Big Ideas and Little Cars at the Web Summit in Lisbon

Jim Motavalli

Jim Motavalli | Nov 16, 2018

Cutting-edge tech ideas (with a green tinge) from the European CES.

"The Car of the Future"
Oct 24, 2018

Let's Take the Rocket Car: A History of Science-Fiction Auto Futurism

Jim Motavalli

Science-fiction movies--and the auto show stage--have featured some pretty ridiculous ideas for the future of surface transportation.

Tom and Ray Magliozzi looking confused
Oct 19, 2018

Lame Joke: The Job Application

Staff Blog

Crusty's young nephew, Cranky, applied for a position as mechanic at Click & Clack's garage. 

Changing to Synthetic Oil Is Slick and Easy
Oct 18, 2018

Changing to Synthetic Oil Is Slick and Easy

Dear Car Talk

A switch to synthetic oil should be a seamless transition.
 

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1953 Allstate - car manufactured by Sears
Oct 17, 2018

Remembering When Sears, Roebuck Sold Cars

Jim Motavalli

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

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Raindrops Keep Falling on His Head
Oct 16, 2018

Raindrops Keep Falling on His Head

Dear Car Talk

Leaky sunroof defies repeated attempts to fix the problem

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GM's self driving car prototype
Oct 10, 2018

American Car Culture Is on a Collision Course with the Future

Jim Motavalli

The combination of electric, self-driving and connected cars is set to change everything.

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.

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Oct 02, 2018

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

Dear Car Talk

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

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