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The Case of the Disappearing Oil

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Dear Car Talk | Aug 17, 2017

Documenting the mysterious oil loss on this Equinox might prevent a costly repair later. Here's how it's done.

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Are Tachometers Necessary in an Automatic Transmission Car?
Aug 15, 2017

Are Tachometers Necessary in an Automatic Transmission Car?

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If you don't like what you see now, you will have more say in the future in what goes on your dash.

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Keep a Close Eye on Oil-Burning Cadillac's Oil Level
Aug 10, 2017

Keep a Close Eye on Oil-Burning Cadillac's Oil Level

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John's Cadillac is burning oil. Would a different viscosity help?

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A Stuck Horn Stumps a Samaritan
Aug 08, 2017

A Stuck Horn Stumps a Samaritan

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A knight in shining armor seeks a more permanent fix to a noisy problem.

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Aug 03, 2017

The Tesla Model 3 Arrives, With Elon's Superlatives

Jim Motavalli

The Tesla Model 3, just unveiled, will be the best car in its class by a mile, sport batteries made in the second-largest free-standing structure in the world, and built in a factory that will be pumping out 20,000 cars a month by the end of 2017. Or so says Mr. Musk.

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Air Flow Sensors Can Send Several Messages
Aug 03, 2017

Air Flow Sensors Can Send Several Messages

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The problem with this VW's air-sensor could be simple fix, or could signal impending doom for the engine.

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What Makes Some Cars Last Longer Than Others?
Aug 01, 2017

What Makes Some Cars Last Longer Than Others?

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Steve wants to know--Is it good genes, good diet, clean living or what? Ray has the answers. 

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Jul 28, 2017

Driven to Distraction

Jamie Lincoln Kitman

Turns out that if you get too deep into your Snapchat or witty Facebook retorts while conducting a two-ton machine, all the nanny systems in the world won't necessarily save your texting digits for another day.

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Jul 28, 2017

Keeping Dogs Cool in Cars

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Is it ever OK to keep a dog in a car on a summer day? It depends. 

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A Car Living a Leisurely Life Hits a Rough Patch
Jul 27, 2017

A Car Living a Leisurely Life Hits a Rough Patch

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The rough idle in a rarely driven car could have a few causes. Ray sorts out the potential culprits and solutions.

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