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A Tiny Culprit Might Cause a Big Issue

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Dear Car Talk | Sep 21, 2018

Defective brake light switch to blame for car not starting

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2019 Honda Clarity with asymmetrical wheel wells
Aug 14, 2018

Weird-Looking Japanese Cars

Jim Motavalli

Huge grilles, asymmetrical wheel openings, creases everywhere, random ducts--it's all part of cutting-edge styling from Japan.

auto industry design

 This Valvetrain Tightens of Its Own Accord
Aug 09, 2018

This Valvetrain Tightens of Its Own Accord

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Valve tightening is unique to Honda, requiring adjustment.

valves repairs 2013

You Picked a Fine Time to Leave Me, Loose Wheel
Aug 07, 2018

You Picked a Fine Time to Leave Me, Loose Wheel

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Sheared off lug nuts on this old VW were likely due to overtightening with an air wrench.

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A Solution That's Fit to Be Tried
Aug 02, 2018

A Solution That's Fit to Be Tried

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The sloshing sound in this Honda Fit is likely AC related.

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Caesar salad dressing with a knife in it
Jul 31, 2018

More Bad Jokes: Roman Empire Edition

Staff Blog

Julius Caesar walks into a bar. It gets worse from here; are you sure you want to read these? 

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 Series-Hybrid Purist Searches for a Car
Jul 31, 2018

Series-Hybrid Purist Searches for a Car

Dear Car Talk

What's available now, and what's ahead?

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Divine Intervention or Great Engineering?
Jul 26, 2018

Divine Intervention or Great Engineering?

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Against all odds, this Honda is still running with its original oil

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Patent sketch for an early car designed not to scare horses
Jul 25, 2018

The Manifold Hazards of Early Motoring

Jim Motavalli

Driving in the tumultous years of 1900 to 1920 was no picnic, with the combination of unreliable cars, bad roads, hostile citizens, and restrictive laws.

history

Convertible-Loving Mom Needs a Taller Car
Jul 24, 2018

Convertible-Loving Mom Needs a Taller Car

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But will new technology drive her nuts?

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