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When Should You Replace Your Brakes?

I have a 2014 Nissan Altima with 74,000 miles that I bought new. The miles are 90% highway miles on cruise control. I don't drive in rush-hour type tr ...

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No Connection Between Soy-Coated Wires and Rodents

Our daughter recently bought a used Toyota Highlander. Not one week after she took it home, the engine light came on.

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EV Drivers Can Be Smug But Not Carefree

I want to know if I'm justified in feeling smug. I have a hybrid that has a full electric vehicle mode.

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Simple Test Checks for Misfiring Spark Plug

I bought a 1996 Toyota Land Cruiser last year. A "code PO306" for "cylinder six misfire" was found by the local Toyota dealer.

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3 Flats In One Day

If you've ever found yourself on the side of the road with a flat tire, this story is for you!

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Ford F-250 Owner is Fed Up with Fill-Up Issues

I have an issue with my 2005 Ford F-250 Super Duty that's causing me to lose my sanity. When I am getting gas, the gas does not flow down the filler ...

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Vehicle Options for Aging Canine Companions

My 13-year-old, 75-lb. rescue golden retriever can't get in my 2005 GMC Yukon anymore. Unfortunately, she won't use either the steps or the ramp I got ...

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Game Review: My Summer Car

Car Talk reviews one of the strangest, most interesting, and most frustrating video games in the automotive space. If you like building cars, this one ...

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Beyond Quick Fixes for Glitchy Safety Technology

What causes my wife's low-mileage 2013 Honda Civic SI's airbag warning light to come on occasionally? For the past several months, the light has been ...

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When It Comes to Air Bags, More is Not Merrier

What's the purpose of knee airbags? I was in an accident that resulted in the knee airbag doing major damage to my left leg.

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EV Charging Entitlement Syndrome

With more and more EVs on the road, charging is becoming a big issue. Car Talk takes a look at EV Charging Entitlement Syndrome, the newest issue faci ...

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Hard to Steer Buick Require More Than Strong Arms

I bought a new Buick Rendezvous in 2004. It has 226,400 miles on it now. It has been well maintained and driven by me, now a 77-year-old lady.

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Matte Finishes are Eye-Catching But a Lot of Work

I've noticed a new paint on late model cars and trucks. It's not the color, but the texture or overall effect that stands out.

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Don't Expect Real-World to Match Mileage Sticker

My new 2020 Chevy Malibu promised on Chevy's website -- and on its MSRP sticker -- to get 29 miles per gallon in the city. It doesn't.

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Fuel Injectors on Modern Cars Targeted for A.D.P.

I have a 2019 Subaru Ascent that I like very much. It has slightly less than 22,000 miles.

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Vehicle Subscriptions Eclipse Cost of Car Itself

If you're thinking of getting a new vehicle, pay close attention to the possible subscriptions that might come with it. Car Talk takes a look at the h ...

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How To Reply When Dealers Ask To Buy Your Car

A car dealer wants you to sell them your car, crossover, or truck. Here’s how you should rely on them.

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Trade-In Value and the Newest Safety Features

I own a 2011 Lexus ES350 with 150,000 miles. The car has been dealer maintained from day one and has never given me a problem.

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Adapting Car Air Circulation in Age of COVID-19

I'm retired but had been driving with Uber for the past couple of years. I haven't driven since COVID-19 started but plan to resume.

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Safety Features Abound on the Suburu Outback

I talked to you and your brother years ago on your radio show and ended up taking your advice and selling my ancient VW Squareback for a slightly used ...

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What the stars say about your car for 11/28/2021
Remember that even a car with an overflowing odometer can take you great distances.
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  3. Gemini
  4. Cancer
  5. Leo
  6. Virgo
  7. Libra
  8. Scorpio
  9. Sagittarius
  10. Capricorn
  11. Aquarius
  12. Pisces