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Staff Blog | Nov 22, 2017

Q. Why can't you take a turkey to church?
A.They use fowl language.

lame jokes

Which Is Better for Oil Change -- Cold or Warm?
Oct 12, 2017

Which Is Better for Oil Change -- Cold or Warm?

Dear Car Talk

And why are Fruit of the Looms relevant to the question?

oil oil changes DIY

Leopard in Suzuki factory
Oct 11, 2017

Beware of the Leopard

J.C. Howard

A leopard on the loose in a car factory.

wildlife

Car hood propped open by sticks and branches
Oct 11, 2017

A Saab Story with a Happy Ending: Parts Cars Rule

Jim Motavalli

Everybody's getting rid of their derelict Saabs, and their loss is my gain.

DIY auto parts

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