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That Faulty Air Bag Light Requires a Scan

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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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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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Buick Regal with deforming hood for pedestrian safety
Aug 14, 2017

Pedestrians: If You're Going to be Hit by an American Car, Make Sure it's a Buick Regal

Jim Motavalli

The U.S. has lagged behind Europe and Japan on pedestrian safety, but now things are looking up. Buick is introducing a safer hood on the 2018 Regal.

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Keep a Close Eye on Oil-Burning Cadillac's Oil Level
Aug 10, 2017

Keep a Close Eye on Oil-Burning Cadillac's Oil Level

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John's Cadillac is burning oil. Would a different viscosity help?

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A Stuck Horn Stumps a Samaritan
Aug 08, 2017

A Stuck Horn Stumps a Samaritan

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A knight in shining armor seeks a more permanent fix to a noisy problem.

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Aug 03, 2017

The Tesla Model 3 Arrives, With Elon's Superlatives

Jim Motavalli

The Tesla Model 3, just unveiled, will be the best car in its class by a mile, sport batteries made in the second-largest free-standing structure in the world, and built in a factory that will be pumping out 20,000 cars a month by the end of 2017. Or so says Mr. Musk.

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Air Flow Sensors Can Send Several Messages
Aug 03, 2017

Air Flow Sensors Can Send Several Messages

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The problem with this VW's air-sensor could be simple fix, or could signal impending doom for the engine.

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