Tag: engines

159 Posts

Honda Civic engine revs when stopped
Aug 20, 2015

Today: What's Causing Engine to Rev?

Dear Car Talk

Howard's Honda Civic tends to rev at stoplights or stop sign. He's taken it to the dealer but they haven't been able to figure it out. What's going on? Car Talk's answer here.


Ford Explorer with blown head gasket
Aug 18, 2015

Rebuild or Replace: What's the Best Choice for an Older Car?

Dear Car Talk

Dear Car Talk: I recently inherited the car I spent my childhood washing. It has some problems...


Hyundai Sonata car complaints
Sep 29, 2015

Turd of the Week - 2011 Hyundai Sonata

Car Talk Car Complaints

Our Turd of the Week? The 2011 Hyundai Sonata. Turns out, the engines are going.... BOOM. Get the details, and what you can do about it, here.  

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BMW X5 engine suddenly seized
Jul 21, 2015

What Caused the Engine to Seize?

Dear Car Talk

Don's daughter's engine suddenly seized up, and now the car is dead. What caused this and was there anything they could have done to have prevented it?

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Differences between six and eight cylinders
Jul 14, 2015

Today: Six is the New Eight

Dear Car Talk

Bruce is buying a new car and wonders if a six cylinder Buick will deliver the same performance he got out of his eight cylinder Grand Marquis. Car Talk's cylinder math, right here.


Engine on a Chrysler LeBaron vibrates
May 12, 2015

The Shaking LeBaron

Dear Car Talk

Lin's 1988 Chrysler LeBaron is giving her trouble, and giving us Ricardo Montalban flashbacks. What's causing the engine to shake? 

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Ford Explorer warranty issues
Feb 17, 2015

Is Ford Dealership Giving Jane the Runaround?

Dear Car Talk

Should Jane's Ford Explorer's woes be covered under warranty? Car Talk's advice, right here.


Oct 02, 2013

How Does an Engine Work?

Staff Blog

Confused about how an engine actually works? You'll learn more from three seconds of staring at this animated diagram than you will if you listened to every Car Talk episode for the last 30 years!


Durability of turbo engines
Aug 29, 2013

Dad vs. Daughter: The Turbo-Charged Engine

Dear Car Talk

Hayley's getting a new car and she likes the model with the turbo engine but her dear old dad says turbo engines never last. Turns out that times have changed. Tom and Ray say turbo engines now are a good bet for all reasonable drivers. What should unreasonable drivers get? Traffic court.


Is a four-cylinder engine powerful enough for steep hills
Jan 08, 2013

Today: Can Mary Settle for Four Cylinders?

Dear Car Talk

Mary has always relied on six-cylinder engines to get to her home up a long, steep hill. She's ready for a new car but worries that a four-cylinder won't hold up over time. Tom and Ray think she might be pleasantly suprised by modern, high-powered four-cylinder engines. Will they convince Mary to make a switch?

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