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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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What Makes Some Cars Last Longer Than Others?
Aug 01, 2017

What Makes Some Cars Last Longer Than Others?

Dear Car Talk

Steve wants to know--Is it good genes, good diet, clean living or what? Ray has the answers.

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Jul 28, 2017

Driven to Distraction

Jamie Lincoln Kitman

Turns out that if you get too deep into your Snapchat or witty Facebook retorts while conducting a two-ton machine, all the nanny systems in the world won't necessarily save your texting digits for another day.

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Jul 28, 2017

Keeping Dogs Cool in Cars

FIDO Blog

Is it ever OK to keep a dog in a car on a summer day? It depends. 

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A Car Living a Leisurely Life Hits a Rough Patch
Jul 27, 2017

A Car Living a Leisurely Life Hits a Rough Patch

Dear Car Talk

The rough idle in a rarely driven car could have a few causes. Ray sorts out the potential culprits and solutions.

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Gas pump television
Jul 26, 2017

Kill Your (Gas Pump) TV

Tim Cotton

Rant: What's the point of those gas pump TVs?

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Which Pieces of Automotive History Would You Teach?
Jul 25, 2017

Which Pieces of Automotive History Would You Teach?

Dear Car Talk

Russ needs to build a syllabus for an automotive history class. Ray gives him a short course on the topic.

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Road in desert
Jul 21, 2017

Car Talk's Summer Driving Tips

Staff Blog

Summer driving tips from Car Talk. Print these out for trouble-free motoring on your summer road trips.  

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Formula e race car
Jul 21, 2017

Formula E Battery Car Racing Invades New York

Jim Motavalli

For the first time, electric car racing took place on the streets of Red Hook, Brooklyn. The event sold out, and the cars are coming back. Next step, electrifying the world's auto fleets.

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When It Comes to Tire Pressure, Too High Is Better Than Too Low
Jul 20, 2017

When It Comes to Tire Pressure, Too High Is Better Than Too Low

Dear Car Talk

Temperature changes are causing tire pressure warnings in Gary's Tacoma. How should he adjust it, keeping safety in mind?

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