Tag: batteries

106 Posts

Aftermarker replacement hybrid battery
Nov 07, 2013

Jury's Still Out on Aftermarket Batteries

Dear Car Talk

Anne's Prius needs a new battery and she's tempted to replace it with a much-cheaper, aftermarket version. Tom and Ray aren't quite ready to endorse this move yet because they don't know enough about these batteries. Want to help Tom and Ray? If you've replaced your hybrid battery with an aftermarket part, write in and tell us what happened. 

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Can you pull-start a car
Aug 13, 2013

Today: Harvey's Harebrained Idea

Dear Car Talk

Harvey has an idea... he wants to develop a lawnmower type pull-start system to start his truck in case the battery dies and there's no one around to give him a jump. Just how bad is this idea? And what should he do instead? Tom and Ray's take, right here.


cleaning battery terminals with coca cola
Apr 18, 2013

Perk Up a Dead Battery With . . . Cola?

Dear Car Talk

Martha's car battery died this week and her neighbor suggested that she pour a can of Coke on it to clean off the corrosion. Martha is skeptical. Tom and Ray talk about this and other home remedies for batteries. Find out what works and what doesn't, right here. 


Kia Spectra battery corrosion
Jan 31, 2013

What's Corroding Jen's Battery?

Dear Car Talk

Jen's battery keeps getting corrosion on its terminals, but the battery is only 5 or 6 years old. Can Tom and Ray explalin what's going on?


does listening to the radio when the car is off drain the battery
Nov 23, 2012

Who's to Blame When the Battery Dies?

Dear Car Talk

Sarah's son listens to the radio in the car while the engine is off, but Sarah worries this will drain the battery. Her son says that his friends do this all the time and haven't killed a battery yet. Will Tom and Ray back Sarah up? Or will they endorse the collective wisdom of a group of teenage boys?

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whats a reasonable price for a battery installation
Aug 23, 2012

Did Frank's Wife Pay Too Much?

Dear Car Talk

Frank's wife had the battery repalaced in their 1986 Honda Accord but now Frank worries that the shop ripped her off. Tom and Ray say the shop was definitely honest, but Frank still might have paid too much. Find out why, right here.

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May 10, 2012

Wiring the World

Jim Motavalli

Meet Idan Ofer, Israel’s wealthiest man, who pushes an ambitious plan to plug in the planet and save us from climate change, starting with switchable battery stations.

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Apr 24, 2012

Battery Breakthroughs

Jim Motavalli

Colorado’s Prieto Battery is poised to change the game for EVs with 400-mile range and fast charging, but it has to prove first that its technology works. Other companies are in the hunt, too.

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Mar 07, 2012

The Big Battery Breakthrough

Jim Motavalli

If Envia Systems’ claims are true, then EV packs will soon cost a fraction of what they do now. And that’s good news the embattled electric car industry needs.

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Feb 03, 2012

Car Saves NPR Station

Staff Blog

A little creative automotive thinking helped WCBE stay on the air this summer after a power failure.

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