Tag: myths

44 Posts

can a special oil drainage plug keep engine oil from getting discolored
Aug 23, 2016

'Magic' Oil Plug Comprised Mostly of Snake Oil

Dear Car Talk

Did a $5 widget sold in the 1950's actually keep oil clean, or did it just clean out wallets?

oil oil changes scams myths

Does driving with low gas do damage
Jan 21, 2016

Gas Myths: How Close to Empty is it Safe to Get?

Dear Car Talk

Today: It used to be that we were told to keep our gas tanks at least half-full to prevent water condensation. Is this still true?

myths gasoline gas tanks

When to change transmission fluids
Jan 19, 2016

Mechanic vs. Manual: When's the Right Time to Change Fluids?

Dear Car Talk

Leroy can't get a straight answer on when to change the transmission fluids in his older cars. Can Car Talk set the record straight?

fluids myths transmissions

Can gas be watered down
Dec 24, 2015

Do Gas Stations Ever Thin Gas With Water?

Dear Car Talk

Today: Car Talk tackles a gas station myth for Julie.

gasoline myths

Putting your keys in the freezer
Oct 14, 2015

Busting Thieves By Putting Your Key in the Freezer: Boooogus!

Staff Blog

We got an email from Marianne giving us the business for suggesting thieves can't read the code from your keyless entry remote and open your car door.

myths anti-theft keys

Will starting the car with accessories turned on do damage
Oct 08, 2015

True or False: It's OK to Start Car With Accessories Turned On

Dear Car Talk

Dear Car Talk: Is it harmful to start the car if the air conditioner, radio, etc., have been left in the "on" position?


Aug 19, 2015

Solar Cars? Very Cool, but Still a Pipe Dream

Jim Motavalli

Who wouldn't want a zero-emission greenmobile powered by the sun's rays? But the sad fact is that the panels don't generate enough energy. 

alternative energy myths

will i harm the emergency brake by using it every day
Apr 16, 2013

An Emergency Brake By Any Other Name . . .

Dear Car Talk

Today: Tom and Ray try to enlighten Todd, an emergency brake over-user, about the error of his ways. Find out why it's not a great idea to use this brake for regular stopping, and why it's really called the "parking brake", right here.

parking brakes brakes myths

do cars at the dealership suffer from sitting on the lot without being driven
Sep 21, 2012

Corroded Fuel Lines and Other Urban Legends

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Joshua's driving instructor warned him that leaving a car unstarted for more than two weeks could corrode the fuel lines. Now Joshua's worried about all those new cars parked at dealerships across the country.  Tom and Ray explain why car dealers don't bother to employ a staff person to start up each car in the lot once every few weeks. 

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are there still advantages to driving a car with a manual transmission
Aug 21, 2012

Today: Manual Transmission Myths Debunked

Dear Car Talk

When Nina was learning to drive, her dear old dad advised her to always buy manual transmissions. But now, Nina's tired of all that shifting. Does she have Tom and Ray's blessing to go automatic?

manual transmissions myths