Tag: summer

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One Small Sweat for Mankind
Sep 20, 2019

One Small Sweat for Mankind

Dear Car Talk

Our advice for cooling the nether regions.

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Solutions for keeping your pet cool in the car.
Sep 16, 2015

How a K9 Cop Stays Cool in His Ride


We all (should) know that leaving dogs in hot cars is a no-no. So how does a working dog stay cool on the job? Car Talk's pet experts talk to K9 Patrolman Robert Swartz and K9 Blitz of the Taunton Police Department.

pets summer

ice cream trucks
Aug 06, 2015

ICE CREAM MAN!! The Ice Cream Isn't the Only Thing Cool in These Trucks

Craig Fitzgerald

These days, the Ice Cream Man drives everything from an old mail Jeep to a beat up GMC step van. But in the 1950s and 1960s, these purpose-built trucks were as cool as their contents.

summer history

Prevent dogs from overheating in hot cars.
May 28, 2015

Today: Pets in Hot Cars


Everybody knows not to leave a pet in a hot car, right? Right? But how hot is too hot? Our pet experts weigh in. 

pets summer

why does our car shift roughly to third or fourth gear at altitude
Apr 09, 2013

Today: Jim's Maxima Can't Take the Heat

Dear Car Talk

Jim's Maxima has been overheating when he travels to hot places. But his San Fransisco-based mechanics can't duplicate the problem because the weather is just too nice there. Tom and Ray recommend an auxiliary transmission cooler as a short-term fix.

transmissions summer

what's the best simple way to keep my car cool outside in the hot summer
Jul 16, 2012

Today: Is Tucson's Heat Too Much for Elizabeth's Buick?

Dear Car Talk

Elizabeth just moved to Tucson, AZ, and she wants to invest in a sunshade to protect her 1986 Buick Skylark from the hot desert sun. Her mother advises that they build a gazebo or a carport to protect it, while her husband votes for a "reflective cover thingy".  Elizabeth wants Tom and Ray to cast the tie-breaking vote. 

summer storage

why won't a car start when it's really hot outside
Jun 01, 2011

Why won't "Ophelia" the Accord start when it's hot?

Dear Car Talk

I drive an art car named Ophelia. She is a 91' Honda Accord with 250,000 miles on her. When I bought her, 11 years ago, the man I purchased her from said, "Oh and sometimes she won't start if it's hot out."...

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Can water reduce need for car AC
May 01, 2010

Will dumping cold water on your car cut down on the need for AC?

Dear Car Talk

There is a teacher in our community who regularly can be found pouring buckets of cool water over his vehicle before starting it on warm days. His claim is that the water cuts down on the time needed for the...

air conditioning summer

Apr 01, 2008

Do cars care if they move to warmer climes?

Dear Car Talk

We own a 2005 PT Cruiser and a 2005 Pacifica, and in the next year or so we are moving to Puerto Rico from northern Illinois. We are thinking of taking the cars with us since they are not very old...