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In Yellowstone: Of Bears, Bison and Keeping the Park Green

Jim Motavalli

Jim Motavalli | Sep 24, 2018

It takes a lot of hard work to keep the spectacular, 2.2-million-acre Yellowstone natural. Porous pavement and on-board tire inflation systems help.

Bartender behind a bar
Jun 26, 2018

Lame Joke: A guy walks into a bar...

Staff Blog

A guy walks into a bar and sees a sign that says, "Win the carnivore challenge: Get free drinks." 

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A pair of Fiat Abarths found in a barn
Jun 26, 2018

Barn Finds: Why You Should Be Scared by the Phrase "Needs Total Restoration"

Jim Motavalli

Auction houses are going crazy for barn finds, and they're putting them on the block, dirt, mouse droppings and all. But don't let your heart rule your head. Think about the $100 an hour restoration bills.

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Taming a Lurching, Coughing, Sputtering Beast
Jun 21, 2018

Taming a Lurching, Coughing, Sputtering Beast

Dear Car Talk

Testing the ignition system may put the Grand back in this Grand Am

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The Bollinger B1, an electric SUV prototype
Jun 19, 2018

The Car vs. SUV War Is Over, and SUVs Won

Jim Motavalli

The aerodynamic crossover rules America, and its taking over the rest of the world too. But the basic box that started the SUV craze lives on, including in all-electric form.

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Night Driving without Lights Isn't Very Bright
Jun 19, 2018

Night Driving without Lights Isn't Very Bright

Dear Car Talk

A reader enlists Ray's help in ending neighbor's dangerous behavior.

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Cosmetic Work May Keep This Marriage Happy
Jun 14, 2018

Cosmetic Work May Keep This Marriage Happy

Dear Car Talk

Hint: it involves paint. For the truck, not the spouse.

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Interference Engines: The Sequel
Jun 12, 2018

Interference Engines: The Sequel

Dear Car Talk

A 1957 Ford was full of problems--but not from a timing belt.

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How to Reset Steering Wheel's 'Clock'
Jun 07, 2018

How to Reset Steering Wheel's 'Clock'

Dear Car Talk

When your steering wheel says 11 a.m. but your wheels insist it's noon, it's time for a mechanic.

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A Gentle Driver Wants to Bring the Heat
Jun 05, 2018

A Gentle Driver Wants to Bring the Heat

Dear Car Talk

Our scientific method for warming up a car faster involves pants and a stopwatch. 

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