Cars A-Z

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Two cars collided with the owners beside it

Better Options in Aftermarket Warning Systems

I have a 2007 GMC Sierra 1500 pickup truck. It is in great condition and has low miles. I would like to install (or have installed) one of the latest ...

Man and woman with beside the road

Aerosol Flat Fixers Should Be Used as Last Resort

We were on vacation and got a flat tire that was caused by a screw. A good Samaritan saw our dilemma and offered us a can of aerosol flat fixer and ai ...

Speedometer during night drive

For Phantom Car Issues, Check the 'Pending Codes'

I have a 2004 Saturn Vue with a Honda V-6 engine and 150,000 miles. I bought the car with 54,000 miles on it.

City road and bridge during sunset

Electric Vehicles Will Lessen But Not Road Noises

I was wondering how much traffic noise comes from engines and how much from tires on pavement? My house is near an urban expressway.

Close up image of a windshield and steering wheel

Shiny Dashboards - Common Plague of Newer Cars

Toyota recently had a recall on Toyota Camrys for melting dashboards. I did not respond to the recall, because my car did not have this problem.

Tom and Ray Magliozzi

Car Talk Doubles Down on Podcasting

Car Talk switches to twice-weekly podcast offerings in October!

A young woman driving

Don't Reinvent Wheel, Overpay for Cosmetic Issue

I own a 2005 Honda CR-V with 125,425 miles. It's in good shape. The worst feature on the car right now is rusted wheels.

Winter traffic

Taillights Cheap, Effective Safety Enhancement

We have occasional days of poor visibility -- be it fog, rain, snow or just that half-light we get at dusk and dawn. During these times, I have follow ...

White Tesla Sedan

Pilgrim's Car Reflects Progress in Cleaner Energy

I was out for my biweekly run, and I saw that one of my neighbors had parked some wheeled conveyance in his driveway that I didn't recognize. It had n ...

Mad mechanic holding 2 wrenches

Top 5 Things Your Mechanic Hates

Car Talk takes an inside look at the top 5 things your mechanic wishes you knew about the industry.

1950 Off White Ford Pickup Interior

Retiring Teacher Wants Zero Frills for First Car

I'm nearing the age of retirement from public school teaching. I've enjoyed reading your column for years, as it has been helpful in teaching me how t ...

Ford F-150 Raptor

Cold-Start Rattle on Ford EcoBoost Engine

I'm driving a 2018 Ford F150 with a 3.5L EcoBoost engine. About six months ago, at around 25,000 miles, it developed a cold-start rattle.

Woman with a broken car engine

Clicking, Pinging Can Help Diagnose Starting Issue

I have a 2006 Ford Fusion that is working well, except for a periodic starting issue. Every now and then, when I turn the key, I hear a metallic "ping ...

Two man checking a car engine

Inadequate Rebuild is More Than a Seating Issue

I recently had my old, 327 Chevrolet engine completely rebuilt. The motor has around 700 miles on it since the rebuild and is burning almost a quart o ...

Couple driving during sunset

Dwindling Choices - Some Good News for Coupe Fans

I've always thought two-door cars, or "coupes," look great. To me, a four-door "sedan" looks like a brick on wheels.

Black Subaru with leaves on its hood

A Couple of Options for Your Noisy Forester

Our 2016 Subaru Forester is the noisiest car I've ever driven. And I've been herding cars down the road for 60 years.

Very old carburator

Carburetor vs Fuel Injection for Your Classic Car

Car Talk takes a look at the difference between carburetors and fuel injection, and which is best for your classic car.

Electric car charging

Look For a Gem -- To Replace Aging Saturn

I need advice on what kind of car to get. My 1992 Saturn is near its end. I rarely drive, since I walk, bike, e-bike or bus for most trips under 10 mi ...

Close up image of pouring a gasoline

Internet Can Be a Useful Tool for Every Mechanic

My 2007 Honda Ridgeline has 123,000 miles on it. For over a year, I've been trying to get a small oil leak repaired.

Two ladies with food sitting in the car

To Idle or Not To Idle -- It All Depends

When my sister and I shop, we save time by having lunch in the car. When she drives, if it is winter or summer, she will leave the car running for the ...

Ray and Tom at the Shop

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Todays Car-o-Scope

What the stars say about your car for 9/17/2021
Wear comfortable walking shoes when using your car this week.
Select your sign
  1. Aries
  2. Taurus
  3. Gemini
  4. Cancer
  5. Leo
  6. Virgo
  7. Libra
  8. Scorpio
  9. Sagittarius
  10. Capricorn
  11. Aquarius
  12. Pisces