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Staff Blog | Nov 22, 2017

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

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How to Evaluate a Used Car
Jul 13, 2017

How to Evaluate a Used Car

Dear Car Talk

Spending a little money up front might make that first car purchase a good one.

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The Real Deal regarding Synthetic Oil Change Intervals
Jul 11, 2017

The Real Deal regarding Synthetic Oil Change Intervals

Dear Car Talk

Suzanne hears a bunch of different answers when it comes synthetic oil change intervals. What's the wise choice?

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The Volvo SX90 Plug-In Hybrid
Jul 07, 2017

Volvo’s Bombshell: All-Electric and Plug-In Hybrid by 2019

Jim Motavalli

Volvo is plugging in its entire fleet over the next two years, and France is banning gas/diesel cars by 2040.

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Chevy Bolt at a charging station
Jul 06, 2017

The Big Battery Breakthrough? It's Here (Maybe)

Jim Motavalli

Ninety-four-year-old John Bannister Goodenough, a Texas scientist with an impressive track record, says he's made low-cost solid-state batteries--with five to 10 times the energy storage of today's lithium-ion liquid cells--work in the lab. But is his technology for real?

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A Pricey AC Fix Might Become Cheaper with an Easy Test
Jul 06, 2017

A Pricey AC Fix Might Become Cheaper with an Easy Test

Dear Car Talk

The dealership said Cynthia needed $1500 in repairs to make her VW's AC work again. Additional testing might save her some serious bucks.

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Reader Should Try Less Expensive Fix First
Jul 04, 2017

Reader Should Try Less Expensive Fix First

Dear Car Talk

Greg's bills for his Silverado's brake system won't stop, and neither will the truck. Before he dumps more money into parts, there's a simple fix that may do the trick.

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Independence Day parades
Jul 03, 2017

A Curmudgeon's Guide to Surviving the 4th of July

Tim Cotton

Leading a rural New England parade also gives you an opportunity to use all the modes of the siren intermittently. Dogs hate you, kids love you, and parents put up with it because it’s the 4th of July.

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Rubbing Sound Only Happens on Hot Days
Jun 29, 2017

Rubbing Sound Only Happens on Hot Days

Dear Car Talk

Laura's Escape makes rubbing noises when she turns the steering wheel--but only on hot days. How can she fix it before it drives her nuts?

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Winter to Blame for Gas Mileage Plunge
Jun 27, 2017

Winter to Blame for Gas Mileage Plunge

Dear Car Talk

Donald has the same driving habits all year, but his Civic is more frugal with gas during the summer. What's the reason behind his winter of discontent?

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