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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.

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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?

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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?

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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?

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Choosing between a Transmission Flush or Fluid Change
Sep 21, 2017

Choosing between a Transmission Flush or Fluid Change

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When it comes to transmission fluid, flushing beats changing.

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Cars wrapped in plastic for hurricane protection
Sep 15, 2017

Deal(er) With It...

J.C. Howard

Florida residents scrambled to find cover for their cars, and found themselves at odds with car dealers.

Pickup truck driving through rain
Sep 12, 2017

Car Carnage: Harvey, Irma, and the Pitfalls for Auto Owners

Jim Motavalli

Katrina destroyed 600,000 cars, Harvey may take out 500,000, and the Irma toll is yet unknown. Here's how to avoid buying one of those clunkers.

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Stop-Start Feature Is New and Aggravating -- but Worthwhile
Sep 12, 2017

Stop-Start Feature Is New and Aggravating -- but Worthwhile

Dear Car Talk

Bill wants to stop the stop-start feature on his 2017 Cherokee before it wears out the starter and his patience. Is there an upside to this feature?

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Sep 08, 2017

Reviving the Rust Belt: Detroit Comes Back, With Self-Driving Cars

Jim Motavalli

Autonomous vehicle technology is front and center in Detroit and the Motor City is learning some new tricks.

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