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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

Was This Bad Timing for an Ignition Timing Change?
Oct 10, 2017

Was This Bad Timing for an Ignition Timing Change?

Dear Car Talk

In old cars, the spark timing is probably not the cause of poor performance. Here's why.

ignition Chevrolet El Camino

New safety rule in Canada takes aim at "phantom vehicles."
Oct 10, 2017

The Phantom of the...Highway?

J.C. Howard

New safety rule in Canada takes aim at "phantom vehicles."

A yellow Autodynamics Hustler, built between 1967-68
Oct 10, 2017

This Hustler Was Racer Sam Posey's Personal Sports Car

Jim Motavalli

A Massachusetts-built fiberglass sports car on a VW chassis, the barn-find Hustler was dirty--but not like the magazine of the same name.

classic cars

Skateboard crash test dummy
Oct 09, 2017

Forget Dikes and Windmills--the Modern Dutch are Focused on Green Machines

Jim Motavalli

The Netherlands today is a start-up nation of electric and automated vehicle enthusiasts.

alternative energy high-tech

Don't Drag Your Feet on Brake Repairs
Oct 05, 2017

Don't Drag Your Feet on Brake Repairs

Dear Car Talk

If you brake pedal hits the floor, run, don't walk, to your mechanic.

brakes safety Chevrolet Monte Carlo 2001

This Reader Needs a Second Opinion on a Dubious Issue
Oct 03, 2017

This Reader Needs a Second Opinion on a Dubious Issue

Dear Car Talk

Should a timing chain be changed when it's supposed to last the life of this Element? Or does this mechanic need help with a boat payment?

water pumps timing belts Honda Element 2010

Heat Shield Is There for a Reason
Sep 28, 2017

Heat Shield Is There for a Reason

Dear Car Talk

Mike's mechanic removed a rattling heat shield. How much trouble could this cause?

mufflers

A Persistent Check Engine Light Baffles Mechanics
Sep 26, 2017

A Persistent Check Engine Light Baffles Mechanics

Dear Car Talk

That check engine light could indicate a slew of issues. Should Janine ditch her Volvo or keep it?

Volvo V70 2006

Kia Rio with Maine scenery
Sep 25, 2017

Millinocket, Maine Lost Its Mill--But is Hoping for a Revival.

Jim Motavalli

Interior Maine is hard-hit as one-industry towns lose their paper mills. The adventure tourism industry--think whitewater rafting--offers an alternative, but will old-timers embrace change?

road trips Kia Rio