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That Faulty Air Bag Light Requires a Scan

Dear Car Talk

Dear Car Talk | Nov 23, 2017

Don't ignore or tape over this one, even if you have a helmet handy.

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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.

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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?

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

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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.

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How to Get a Newfangled Car through the Car Wash
Oct 31, 2017

How to Get a Newfangled Car through the Car Wash

Dear Car Talk

New safety features may preserve your hide but may also preserve the grime.

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Car wheel with alternative technology to absorb shocks
Oct 30, 2017

Tomorrow's Tech: Quiet Cars with Ultra-Smooth Rides

Jim Motavalli

Here's something that will change how we drive. With QuietMotion engaged, the car's wheels move up and down but the cabin stays flat and stable. Meanwhile, Buicks are getting as quiet as Rolls-Royces.

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Driverless cars from google
Oct 27, 2017

Driverless = Powerless?

J.C. Howard

The power lost with fully electric, fully autonomous vehicles.

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Mazda3 Infotainment Menu Screen
Oct 26, 2017

If You Take My CD Player Away, How About Giving Me Something Better?

Jim Motavalli

I'll change my ways and use modern infotainment systems--after they work better than my trusty in-dash CD player. 

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Satisfying Old-Car Fetish Depends on Safety
Oct 26, 2017

Satisfying Old-Car Fetish Depends on Safety

Dear Car Talk

Don't get hurt when scratching the classic car itch.

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