Cars A-Z

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WYSIWY Have When it Comes to Trim Models

I have a 2015 Toyota Avalon I'm fixin' to sell. Checking online for its value, I see there is an Avalon XLE Touring and an Avalon XLE Touring SE.

Backseat close up

Reset Needed to Erase Vendetta from Memory

At random times, my 2016 Nissan Murano attempts to crush my knees. In normal operation, the driver's seat slides backward when I turn the engine off, ...

Blue Car with Winter Tires on the Snowy Road

Vehicles Have Plenty of Functional and Fun Options

My 2013 Dodge Dart underbody cover had to be removed after it got caught on a concrete parking lot bumper. It was partially pulled off and was draggin ...

Brake repair close up

Three Repair Shops Yield Three Different Options

I took my 2017 Nissan Murano Platinum to the dealership for my 30,000-mile service. The front brake pads were OK, but they said my rear pads were down ...

Girl Standing out of Yellow Car Sunroof Back View

Short List of Vehicles for Tall People

Our 15-year-old grandson is 6 feet 5 inches and growing. He will be driving next year and is trying to find a car that will "fit" him. Any suggestions ...

Professional car painting

Costs of Water-Based Paints Balanced by Savings

You wrote recently about the new "matte" paints on some new cars. Speaking of paint, what's with the idea that government regulations require car manu ...

Heated car seats logo

Wield the Warranty that Should Last But Doesn't

I have a 2018 Hyundai Sonata Limited Hybrid (not a plug-in). I purchased it new at the end of 2018 and have had all my oil changes and services done a ...

Car being repaired

Unraveling the Mystery of the Cut Wire

I have a 2013 Honda Accord with 80,000 miles on it. I went to a local tire dealership and had a rear tire replaced.

Sign on hybrid car

There's No Harm in Keeping Your Car in Eco Mode

Does running a car constantly in "eco" mode do any harm? And if not, why don't manufacturers just program the car in eco mode permanently?

Two cute dogs inside a car

Few More Options When Looking For a "Dog" Car

You should have added the Honda Fit as an option for that lady whose arthritic golden retriever can't jump up into her Yukon anymore. The back seat li ...

Young woman driving

Even the Smallest Add-On Can Add Up to Millions

I love your column and wouldn't miss it. Here's my question: Why don't car manufacturers put two sun visors on cars -- one for the windshield and one ...

Car interior

How to Rest Your Head to Prevent Neck Injury

My friend suffered a neck injury from a minor car accident because her headrest "was in the wrong position."

Discarded cars on junkyard

Multiple Options for Restorers w/ Limited Budgets

I have a 23-year-old pickup truck that is suffering from rotted-out window gaskets. The dealer tells me that replacements are no longer available.

Kia Niro charging

Save on Gas - EVs, Plug-ins, Hybrid Vehicles

Car Talk takes an in-depth look at alternate fuel vehicles and the way you can save by owning one.

Auto Service and Vehicle Maintenance by Professional

National Car Care Month

Car Talk takes a look at National Car Care Month, the best ways to keep your car in top shape and the best ways to get great deals.

Pickup truck driving down the hill

Start With a Scan to Locate a Misfire

I have a 1997 Mazda B2300 pickup. It has a brand-new fuel pump, new clutch and new coil packs.

A man with face mask holding Car remote control by smart key

Time to Resist the Subscription Bandwagon

I purchased a 2019 Toyota RAV4 XLE with 10,400 miles on it in October 2020. It came with a remote start feature on the key fob that I used last winter ...

JC who won two cars

Lucky Gambler Wins Not One, But Two Cars

Car Talk sits down with the winner of two brand new cars. He tells us all about this thrilling experience.

Man checking and repairing a car

Search for Rattling Doesn't Have to be Exhausting

I have a 2011 Toyota RAV4 with about 95,000 miles on it. Recently, I noticed that when I get to about 40 mph, the car makes a weird rattling or loudis ...

Car oil being poured in the car engine

Current Oil Technology Leaves Nothing More to Add

Could you address the use of oil additives? I am particularly interested in one called System 48, because I inherited a case of it from my father.

Ray and Tom at the Shop

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What the stars say about your car for 5/23/2022
For whom do the blue lights flash? Good guess. Sorry.
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