Cars A-Z

Odds and Ends. Nuts and Bolts.

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 ...

Smoke coming from car exhaust

Pros and Cons of Diesel Engines Have Changed

I don't understand why so many people buy diesel-powered cars and trucks. They are loud and emit horrible pollution compared with gas-powered vehicles ...

Old spark plug

Mind the Gap When Changing Spark Plugs

just changed the spark plugs and the coil bar on my 2014 Chevy Sonic. The engine starts, but won’t go over 3,000 rpms. Did I do something incorrectly ...

Filling car with gas

Is High Octane Gas Needed?

I have a turbo six-cylinder car that calls for 93 octane gasoline. If I were to hock my stepson and kick my dog until she ran away, I could finally af ...

Run down auto repair shop

20 Signs you Should Avoid a Garage

What's the absolutely worst thing you could imagine seeing when you bring your car in for service? Here are our deepest fears.

Pontiac Trans Sport

10 Cars for Social Distancing

A lot of us drive cars that others actually like, and wouldn’t mind being seen in. Here are 10 cars that are going to have others keeping their distan ...

Camel laughing

Bad Car Jokes

Need a laugh? Who doesn't. We can't promise these car puns and jokes will do the trick, but hey give it a shot.

Unicorn car

Questionable Car Mods

If your car is a reflection of your personality, we are pretty sure the owners of these cars have personality disorders.

Side view of frustrated stressed young mechanic man in white uniform touching his head with hands against car in open hood at the repair garage.

10 Used Car Warning Signs

Shopping for a used car? Great! There are plenty of good deals out there. If you're not careful, though, you can wind up with a car that'll pay for yo ...

Ray and Tom at the Shop

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What the stars say about your car for 9/25/2020
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