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Working on Your Car Safely

Jacking up your car safely is a key part of working on your car yourself. Car Talk looks at the best, safest way to do this, so you can fix your car a ...

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Flickering Dash Lights Easy Fix, No Zippo Required

I have a 2011 Ford Crown Victoria retired police car. The dashboard lights and gauges do not work most of the time.

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Jeep Ducking: It’s a Thing

Jeep owners love their rigs, and waving to each other, and now there’s a new Jeep tradition, Jeep Ducking. Car Talk takes a closer look at this fun, i ...

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Options for Carless Folks Looking for Rides

I recently gave up my Toyota RAV4 Hybrid XLE when my lease was up. I am now without my own car for the first time since 1955.

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Not All RVs Are Created Equal

My mom's 100th birthday is next month, and I'd love to be there for it. She lives in New York. I'm in Ohio. Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, I'm st ...

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Don't Ignore Check Engine Light on Volvo

I have a 2004 Volvo S60, grayish-green, with an engine problem that has occurred three times. It happens when the engine is warm. After I've made a br ...

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Buying a VW Beetle Could be a Dream Come True

I have liked the Volkswagen Beetle from the very beginning. I even considered buying a VW thing back in the day but never did. I've never owned a Beet ...

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When Checking Oil Levels, Temperature is Key

My daughter has a red 2013 Subaru Outback with 85,000 miles on it. She was driving from Omaha to Wichita when the "check oil level" light came on in t ...

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Gasoline Fumes Warrant a Trip to the Dealership

Every time my wife fills up her 2008 Mercedes CLK 350, the garage reeks of gasoline fumes. We have had our local mechanic (not the Mercedes dealership ...

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How Soon to Add Highway Miles to New Cars?

Is this an old wives' tale or is it true? I've been under the impression for over 50 years that it is a good idea to get a new car out on the highway ...

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Rounding Up Slightly is Fine - Round, Strong Tires

As the dad of a nuclear family of four, I am the shade tree mechanic for a fleet of four vehicles. I do stuff like oil changes and bulb replacements a ...

Over heating car engine

AC Problems are More Prevalent in Hot Weather

We live in New Mexico and have a 1995 Jeep Grand Cherokee Orvis Edition. The Jeep has 135,000 miles and is in very good condition.

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Element in Hand Likely Worth Two on Used Car Lot

I'm going to college in the fall, and my parents want to give me their 2004 Honda Element. The Element has 140,000 miles on it, and my grandpa says it ...

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Low Tech and New Tech Options

I have a suggestion for Connie, the lady who wanted to install a second, gentler horn to nudge people who aren't paying attention at traffic lights. I ...

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Stick with the Maintenance to Keep Suburban Moving

I have a 1999 Chevy Boat (aka Suburban). It has 158K miles on it, is in great condition and is now driven about 2,500 miles a year, tops.

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When it Comes to Headlights, Safety Outweighs Cost

My wife always drives with the headlights on; I do not. I try to tell her the lights only last so long, so use them just when you need them.

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Cruiser's Squealing Problem

I have a 2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited Edition with 225,000 miles. It is running fine, but when driving at lower speeds and turning, like in our co ...

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Start-Stop Issue Puts a Damper on Super Subaru

I recently purchased a 2020 Subaru Forester. So far, I love this car! One of its many features is the automatic start and stop system, which shu ...

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Finding the Best Fit Behind the Wheel

I have always driven a sedan but want to switch to a midsize SUV. I am an elderly lady (79) and have never driven an SUV but want something practical ...

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Miata Owner Not a Fan of Metal Music

I have a 2010 Mazda Miata. It now has almost 40,000 miles on it. Ever since I bought it (with 18,000 miles on it), I have had a problem when I go over ...

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What the stars say about your car for 6/21/2021
A new car payment is closer than you think.
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