Tag: engines

162 Posts

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?

buying engines

where can i get a replacement engine for my old but not classic car
Aug 30, 2012

Can Ron's Engine Be Replaced?

Dear Car Talk

Ron wants to keep his Coup DeVille running forerver, but his mechanic says once the engine dies, it can't be replaced, repaired or rebuilt. Is the mechanic just lazy or will Ron have to brace himself for some bad news?

aftermarket parts engines

Jul 02, 2012

DIY Stop-Motion Rebuild!

Staff Blog

Incredible, stop-motion footage of an engine rebuild, 11 months in the making! 


Should I replace the timing belt before it fails
Jan 01, 2011

Sometimes "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" ain't such a good idea.

Dear Car Talk

Our 2001 Subaru Forester (93,000 miles, we're the only owner) has been an excellent, essentially maintenance-free vehicle. Recently, when a front axle was replaced for a torn CV joint boot, the garage owner recommended a pre-emptive replacement of the timing belt. He...

engines timing belts maintenance

What can make a car sound like an explosion
Jan 01, 2011

What caused Beatrice's Camry to explode?

Dear Car Talk

I have a 1999 Camry CE that is maintained on a regular basis. Since I am a senior citizen, the annual mileage is about 3,000 miles per year. Yesterday the car was parked in a garage for about one hour. I returned...

warranties engines connecting rods Toyota

What makes a Subaru WRX sound like a sneeze
Dec 01, 2010

Is Lucy's car allergic? Find out what's making her Subaru sneeze.

Dear Car Talk

I have a 2003 Subaru WRX that has recently been "sneezing" at irregular intervals. The sneezing sound is accompanied by what feels like a loss of power. The sound seems to be coming from the driver's side, under the gas pedal...

engines spark plugs

is it bad to rev a cold engine
Jul 01, 2010

Today: does revving an engine cause damage?

Dear Car Talk

My wife and I live out in Southern California and have some ... well, to be polite, interesting neighbors in our condo complex. One couple in particular is very proud of the Porsche 911 Carrera they're leasing. The car probably is a...


Can engine explode from revving
Apr 01, 2010

Can modern engines still "blow up" from racing?

Dear Car Talk

Yesterday a vehicle crashed into some trees near my house. The driver apparently had passed out while driving and was not conscious, but his foot was still on the gas. The engine was racing and the tires were spinning, and...