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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.

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Don't Stall on Fixing Sticky Valve
May 03, 2018

Don't Stall on Fixing Sticky Valve

Dear Car Talk

You might need this valve to get out of someone's way.

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Scenes from the 2018 Collision in New Orleans
May 03, 2018

The Future of Driving: As Seen at the Big Easy's Collision Conference

Jim Motavalli

This New Orleans tech conference is all about improving our transportation experience--with apps, plug-in off-road bikes, electric taxis for the third world, battery trucks and self-driving cars.

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Turbocharged Engines and the Long Haul
May 01, 2018

Turbocharged Engines and the Long Haul

Dear Car Talk

Wondering about turbochargers and reliability? Read on.

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Concept car from Renault at the Beijing Auto Show
Apr 30, 2018

The Beijing Motor Show: Wild Concepts--And They're All Electric

Jim Motavalli

China is plugging in and there's both government policy and solid engineering behind it. Up next: An electric assault on the American and European markets.

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Three Chinese-built electric cars
Apr 30, 2018

Checking Out China's Electric Cars

Jim Motavalli

Kicking the tires and testing the batteries at a race track near Beijing.

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Cadillac's Starter Issue Could Be a Ground Problem
Apr 26, 2018

Cadillac's Starter Issue Could Be a Ground Problem

Dear Car Talk

Don't skip a ground check when troubleshooting electrical gremlins.

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Touch-Screen Technology Is a Step in the Wrong Direction
Apr 25, 2018

Touch-Screen Technology Is a Step in the Wrong Direction

Dear Car Talk

Lots of tech may create lots of distraction.
 

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Blue and yellow parrot
Apr 20, 2018

Lame Joke: The Magician and the Parrot

Staff Blog

A magician worked on a cruise ship in the Caribbean, doing the same act week after week. 

2018 Volkswagen Jetta
Apr 20, 2018

2019 VW Jetta: Big Car, Small Price, Great Fuel Economy

Jim Motavalli

The seventh generation Jetta is more aerodynamic, roomier, and improved in almost every way.

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