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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

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.

safety features Buick LaCrosse 2017

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.

auto industry high-tech

Driverless cars from google
Oct 27, 2017

Driverless = Powerless?

J.C. Howard

The power lost with fully electric, fully autonomous vehicles.

self-driving

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. 

infotainment rants

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.

classic cars safety safety features

Gas-powered range extender, for towing behind an electric car
Oct 25, 2017

Hyperloops, Shared Autonomous Planes, and More in Paris

Jim Motavalli

Tiny urban EVs, shared scooters,car pooling, Uber data online, and lots of other city solutions in France's City of Lights.

alternative vehicles auto industry

This Lexus Would Rather Speed up at a Stop
Oct 24, 2017

This Lexus Would Rather Speed up at a Stop

Dear Car Talk

What could be causing acceleration before stopping? Ray says there are three possibilities.

brakes transmissions Lexus GX 460 2010

Ford Fusion with hood open
Oct 20, 2017

A Story of a Moron and His New Blue Lights

Tim Cotton

"No, I did not misuse the blue lights in order to take a parking space. At least not intentionally." 

law enforcement

Warped Brake Discs Are Bad News
Oct 19, 2017

Warped Brake Discs Are Bad News

Dear Car Talk

Don't ignore that shaky steering wheel--other parts could fail, too.

brakes rotors steering Toyota Camry 2011