Tag: mother nature

20 Posts

Pickup truck driving through rain
Sep 12, 2017

Car Carnage: Harvey, Irma, and the Pitfalls for Auto Owners

Jim Motavalli

Katrina destroyed 600,000 cars, Harvey may take out 500,000, and the Irma toll is yet unknown. Here's how to avoid buying one of those clunkers.

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Can a car with a carburetor built before 1980 still run
Sep 17, 2013

Today: Best Car to Protect Against Solar Flares?

Dear Car Talk

A reader is concerned that the next big solar flare will knock out the computerized parts in his car. Naturally, he's thinking about buying an older car to keep around just in case.  Can Tom and Ray help him? And what fashion tips will they offer for constructing his tinfoil hat? Read all about it, right here. 

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could a lightning strike have caused our headlights to come on permanently
May 30, 2013

Today: Lightning vs. Town Car

Dear Car Talk

Shannon suspects that her uncle's car was struck by lightning because after a recent thunderstorm, the headlights refused to turn off. Tom and Ray explain what she can look for to confirm her diagnosis, and what kind of repairs her uncle can expect. 

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Feb 19, 2013

Winter Driving with the Pros: Mt. Washington

Staff Blog

What's winter driving like in the "Home of the World's Worst Weather"? Car Talk talks with Mike Pelchat, Park Manager at New Hampshire's Mount Washington State Park.

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will flooding with saltwater ruin a car
Dec 27, 2012

Help for Sue's Sister's Sandy-Soaked Cars

Dear Car Talk

Sue wants to help her sister's family. Their cars were hit by Hurricane Sandy and though the cars are running fine at the moment, their mechanic says the electrical system is wrecked. Is this right? Tom and Ray explain what can go wrong when an electrical system gets wet.

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disaster preparedness
Nov 19, 2012

Escape from New York: Notes on Disaster Preparedness

Jamie Lincoln Kitman

Jamie Kitman's debrief on surviving Superstorm Sandy and a consideration of vehicles for the post-apocalypse, this way.

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Nov 02, 2012

How Not to Buy a Storm-Damaged Used Car

Jim Motavalli

Vehicles that have been through Hurricane Sandy may look fine, but they're ticking time bombs, waiting to bury you in bills.

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Nov 01, 2012

My Buick: A Post-Sandy Parable

Jim Motavalli

I did the right thing by my father-in-law's Regal. Now I don't get the insurance payout, but I can sleep at night.

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do we really have to fix hail damage
May 24, 2012

Hailstorm Dents: Is This Repair Necessary?

Dear Car Talk

A hailstorm dented Dan's family cars. The repairs are covered by his insurance company, but Dan wants Tom and Ray's blessing to keep the dents and use the money for something else. Can dents be dangerous, or is this repair optional? 

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How not to hydroplane
Dec 01, 2010

Today: Tom and Ray share tips for preventing hydroplaning.

Dear Car Talk

Ted recently bought a 2005 VW Beetle but is worried its tendency to hydroplane in the rain. He wants to install an aftermarket stability control but Tom and Ray think there are better (and easier) ways to prevent hydroplaning.

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