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Big Ideas and Little Cars at the Web Summit in Lisbon

Jim Motavalli

Jim Motavalli | Nov 16, 2018

Cutting-edge tech ideas (with a green tinge) from the European CES.

Ernest Hemingway's 1955 Chrysler New Yorker
Oct 02, 2018

Actor David Soul (Starsky & Hutch) Restores Hemingway's Chrysler--in Cuba

Jim Motavalli

The biggest problem in renewing Papa's old convertible is getting spare parts past the U.S. embargo.

history restoration Chrysler New Yorker

This Old Benz Needs Grounding
Sep 27, 2018

This Old Benz Needs Grounding

Dear Car Talk

A simple bad connection may be part of a frustrating power issue

electrical wiring batteries Mercedes-Benz 1979

Park, Brake or Parking Brake?
Sep 25, 2018

Park, Brake or Parking Brake?

Dear Car Talk

Confusion over order of steps for parking on a hill has this reader rattled

parking brakes

An elk stands in the road in Yellowstone National Park
Sep 24, 2018

In Yellowstone: Of Bears, Bison and Keeping the Park Green

Jim Motavalli

It takes a lot of hard work to keep the spectacular, 2.2-million-acre Yellowstone natural. Porous pavement and on-board tire inflation systems help.

A Tiny Culprit Might Cause a Big Issue
Sep 21, 2018

A Tiny Culprit Might Cause a Big Issue

Dear Car Talk

Defective brake light switch to blame for car not starting.

starters ignition electrical wiring Mazda Mazda3 2015

Short Trips Versus Long Life
Sep 18, 2018

Short Trips Versus Long Life

Dear Car Talk

Do today's cars need highway miles to survive?

driving tips exhaust system high-tech Mercedes-Benz

Vintage radio
Sep 14, 2018

An Ode to Car-Napping

Tim Cotton

Is there a better place for a quick nap than a shady parking spot? (Preferably while someone else runs errands, so you don't have to?)

Rolls Royce shooting brake
Sep 13, 2018

The "Shooting Brake" Started Life as an Aristocratic Hunting Car

Jim Motavalli

In the days of the British Empire, the sun never set on jolly parties of entitled nobility, equipped with wood-paneled shooting cars.