Blogs

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.

airbags Honda Accord 1996

Mar 02, 2017

Just Because You Can Do Something, That Doesn't Mean You Should

Dear Car Talk

Bob wants to turn his 4WD S-10 Blazer into a 2WD to save gas. What's involved, and will it help?

4WD fuel economy Chevrolet S-10 Blazer 1999

Kid on a minibike.
Mar 01, 2017

Buy Your Kid a Minibike Before It’s Too Late

Staff Blog

Why your kid needs his or her own minibike, right now. Our Senior Web Lackey makes the case.

kids

Honda ZK50 minibike
Mar 01, 2017

Other People's Minibikes

Tim Cotton

What happens when you deny a child a minibike? Tim Cotton is a living cautionary tale.

kids

Lady Norah Docker's Golden Daimler
Feb 28, 2017

Lady Norah Docker of Daimler: The Car World's Own Marie Antoinette

Jim Motavalli

How one flamboyant, free-spending couple managed to destroy a staid old auto company.

history auto industry luxury vehicles

Buried cars
Feb 24, 2017

Buried Cars: Who Says You Can't Take Your Ride With You?

Jim Motavalli

True-life tales of cars buried with their owners, entombed for decades behind brick walls, or used as time capsules and tombstones. 

history

Feb 22, 2017

Alignment Is the First Thing to Check When Car Sways on the Road

Dear Car Talk

Elizabeth's Datsun 280ZX loves to wander, but not in a good way. What's going to fix her Z car?

alignment suspension tires Nissan 280ZX

Feb 21, 2017

Starting Problem May Be Due to Bad Immobilizer

Dear Car Talk

Bill's son is set to buy grandma's Accord, but the car seems alarmed at the prospect. What's causing the Honda to balk at starting when it's warm?

anti-theft starters keys Honda Accord

Review: Hyundai Ioniq hybrid, plug-in hybrid and battery electric
Feb 21, 2017

Meet the Ioniqs: A Green Trio From Hyundai

Jim Motavalli

The Ioniq family includes a hybrid with the best fuel economy available today, the most efficient battery car on the market, and a plug-in hybrid that splits the difference between the two.

hybrids electric vehicles

Feb 16, 2017

Is Worn-Out Bearing Diagnosis Correct?

Dear Car Talk

After his mechanic diagnosed a worn-out driveshaft bearing, Douglas asks whether a lack of noise is cause for a second opinion.

Saturn Vue 2004