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Book Review: The Lotus Chronicles

Rob Siegel’s new book The Lotus Chronicles is the latest in his Hack Mechanic series, and takes the reader through a seven-year process of resurrectin ...

woman shifting car

Shifting Buyer Preferences Limits Options

Are there any mid-sized sedans that are still available with a manual transmission? The last one I drove was a Saab 9000. If so, could you recommend a ...

man driving with mug of tea

Spilling the Tea

Reader takes his tea for a ride around town and is surprised to see it survived the trip.

Engine assembly line

Modern Engines Work Differently

Since the computer and its associated sensors constantly maintain the optimum fuel/air mixture, it seems that a dirty air filter (within reason) would ...

Man next to broken down car

Reliability Isn't Everything

You also might tell your son this: Reliability isn’t everything. There’s also fun. And cute. And the image of adventure. And being in love with your c ...


Deal on SiriusXM Satellite Radio

How much does SiriusXM cost and what’s the best way to get a deal? We’ll explain.

Car fusebox

Reader Is on the Right Track

Normally a fuse blows when an electrical device is drawing too much current. The whole purpose of the fuse is to sacrifice itself and cut off the powe ...

yellow car on beach

Why the Boring Car Colors?

A casual look at traffic shows you that almost all cars are either gray, black or white — with a few red sprinkled in. OK, some people call their gray ...

Old Truck

Thwarted by Modern Fuel Design

Have the engineers at Dodge done something to prevent people from getting a hose all the way in the gas tank? Are they trying to thwart young sons’ ab ...

Road raging woman

Fast Lane Isn't for Cruising

The left lane is traditionally for passing, not cruising. If you want to bop along at 53 miles per hour, you should be using the right lane, or the ce ...

Man pushing broken down car

Timing Belt: Rubber or Chain

The reason car makers switched from chains to rubber timings decades ago is because they’re cheap, lightweight and simple. Obviously, a rubber belt we ...

Car radio

SiriusXM Prices and Packages

SiriusXM has been around for a few decades now. It has a lot to offer, but is SiriusXM worth the price?

Old parts car in desert

Don't Give up on Your Car

I’m losing sleep over my reliable 2012 Chrysler 200 and its gas mileage. It’s got more than 80,000 miles on it, and usually gets between 20 and 23 mil ...

Lemon with wheels

This Truck's a Lemon

Without mentioning any yellow fruit, maybe we just got a bad truck. But keep in mind the service writer said three of these items were normal and not ...

Pile of car fuses

Mind Boggling Wiring Diagrams

What in the world do the wiring diagrams look like now? My mind is boggled just imagining it.

man solving math equations

Might Need a Nobel Laureate to Solve This Problem

When your tire's circumference gets smaller due to wear (or due to compression from excess weight in the car, or other reasons), you travel less dista ...

Blue Miata

Why Car Writers Love the Miata

A lucky listener of Boston’s WBUR, where Car Talk started way back in the 1970s (when Tom and Ray became volunteers), is going to drive away in the ul ...

Tom standing in front of his miata

Win Tom's Miata!

Tom's son is donating his father's 93 Miata to support NPR. Donate for your chance to win the car.

White car in lift in repair shop

This Reader Is Getting Warmer

I've got a 2009 Toyota Venza. The right front likes to vibrate a lot. I've tried a lot of things over the years. Shops can't figure it out. Can you ...

Vintage red Corvette on road

Belt and Hoses Might Need Replacing

My question: Since the tires might have needed to be replaced due to age and not mileage, what about the belts and hoses in my engine? Is there a way ...

Ray and Tom at the Shop

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