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The E in Formula E Stands for "Excitement"

Jim Motavalli

Jim Motavalli | Jul 19, 2018

OK, OK, it actually stands for "electric." It's catching on, as Formula E rounds out its fourth season with growing support and fast-paced action--even without big gas engines.

electric vehicles racing

Apr 01, 1990

Paying a hefty price to be lazy...

Dear Car Talk

I recently took my Ford Van back to a dealership for a minor tune-up I was presented with a bill of for labor and for eight spark plugs Two blocks away from the dealership an auto parts store sells identical...

garage policies DIY

Apr 01, 1990

This week, what makes that body rattle?

Dear Car Talk

I have a Mitsubishi Galant which has developed a chatter when I accelerate back up stop at a stop light or even just rev the engine to - rpm The transmission was replaced less than a year ago and the...

noises heat shields

Apr 01, 1990

Why won't my windows defrost in the cold?

Dear Car Talk

I have Toyota Cressida It's a fine car except that when it gets cold and rains or snows the inside of the my windows fog or ice up What's wrong Wilson RAY Well my first guess is that you forgot...

windows air conditioning winter

Apr 01, 1990

When to use the different automatic transmission positions...

Dear Car Talk

I would appreciate your discussing the different positions in automatic transmissions Overdrive Drive Second and First When and at what speed is each position most appropriately used Is it bad for the car to use Overdrive most of the time...

transmissions driving tips

Apr 01, 1990

When the rains come, bust out the hairdryer!

Dear Car Talk

My daughter owns a VW bug that she parks on the street When it rains hard the car won't start To get it started she has to take off the distributor cap and dry it with a hair dryer Is...

spark plugs Volkswagen Beetle

Apr 01, 1990

One person's antique is another person's junk.

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I have a Cadillac and am wondering if this is a classic or antique vehicle yet It needs both body and mechanical work and the Cadillac dealerships have all told me that won't work on such an old car Should...

classic cars used cars

Apr 01, 1990

Caution: Carbon monoxide may cause typos.

Dear Car Talk

A couple of days ago while walking to my Camry I noticed that the tail pipe was closed Upon inspection I found that it was full of dirt for some six inches I don't know how long it had been...

exhaust pipes

Apr 01, 1990

An American replacement for my foreign car...

Dear Car Talk

I drive a Acura Legend Coupe and will soon be looking for a replacement The Legend has been trouble free and drives beautifully Can you recommend an American car that would be similar Norm RAY No we can't Get another...

Acura Legend

Apr 01, 1990

Must I replace my oxygen sensor?

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I drive a late model car At miles the oxygen sensor light came on I have gotten conflicting opinions about the importance of replacing the oxygen sensor when this dashboard light comes on One mechanic told me it's necessary for...

sensors emissions