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Nosey Device or Noisy Relay?

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Dear Car Talk | Nov 16, 2017

That "tracking device" sound is probably just a noisy blend door.

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The Tasco, designed by Gordon Buehrig
Aug 31, 2017

Ahead of Their Time: The Auburn, Cord and Duesenberg Story

Jim Motavalli

E.L. Cord launched innovative luxury cars at exactly the wrong time--the Great Depression. Celebrate these great marques in Auburn, Indiana this weekend.

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What's the Lowdown on This Lying Gas Gauge?
Aug 31, 2017

What's the Lowdown on This Lying Gas Gauge?

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The truth may set Mary, James, and their car's old sending unit free.

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A 1928 Porter Roadster. star of "My Mother the Car"
Aug 30, 2017

TV Star Cars Highlight a Labor Day Auction

Jim Motavalli

Remember Mannix and My Mother the Car? These original cars, and many more, will be up for sale at the Dragone Auction September 3. Tell us which one you'd buy (if money were no option)!

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A Cloudy Windshield Often Means Bad Heater Core
Aug 29, 2017

A Cloudy Windshield Often Means Bad Heater Core

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This 2015 Yukon doesn't just defrost--it throws a filmy layer on the windshield. Is it too new to have a heater core issue? 

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Chevrolet Cruze diesel
Aug 29, 2017

General Motors Doubles Down on Diesels

Jim Motavalli

Despite VW poisoning the waters, GM is fielding diesel Equinox and Cruze models, and citing their manifold benefits. But will buyers bite?

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Backseat Vibration Driving Owner Batty
Aug 24, 2017

Backseat Vibration Driving Owner Batty

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Tracking down the odd noise in Mike's Paseo might not be an exhausting job.

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Intermittent Highway Failures Point to Bad Fuel Pump
Aug 22, 2017

Intermittent Highway Failures Point to Bad Fuel Pump

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Trips out of the suburbs cause this Suburban to stall. Checking fuel pressure might isolate the culprit.

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The Case of the Disappearing Oil
Aug 17, 2017

The Case of the Disappearing Oil

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Documenting the mysterious oil loss on this Equinox might prevent a costly repair later. Here's how it's done.

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Are Tachometers Necessary in an Automatic Transmission Car?
Aug 15, 2017

Are Tachometers Necessary in an Automatic Transmission Car?

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If you don't like what you see now, you will have more say in the future in what goes on your dash.

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