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Who Are Click and Clack: How ‘Car Talk’ Brought Mechanics to NPR
'Car Talk' has been a staple of NPR for years. Who are the hosts behind the beloved show and how is the show evolving?
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Melanie Reiff
Sep 22, 2021
Consumer Reports' Tire Guide Helps Drivers Put the Right Rubber on the Road
A trip to the tire store can be overwhelming. With all those choices, which type and style is right for you and your vehicle?
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Andrew Koole
Sep 18, 2021
The Least Fuel-Efficient Subcompact Car Will Cost You $3,000 a Year in Gas
The Bentley Continental GT is one of the least fuel-efficient subcompact cars. It comes with a high initial price and the fuel costs can add up over time.
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Jane Lu
Sep 12, 2021
What Problems Do Owners Have With the Porsche 944?
The Porsche 944 is a popular classic car, but drivers have experienced some issues due to poor maintenance from previous owners.
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Jane Lu
Sep 12, 2021
Toyota’s Most Complained About Model: The Camry
The Camry is the Toyota model with the most complaints from consumers, but that doesn't mean it’s a bad car. The model is still popular among many buyers.
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Carlos Kirby
Sep 21, 2021
5 Car Maintenance Tips for Fall
Five car maintenance tips to get your car in top condition for fall weather.
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Isabel Armiento
Sep 09, 2021
Big Oil Burners: Subaru Models You Might Want to Avoid
Subaru has a great reputation for safety and reliability. However, there are a few Subaru models that burn a concerning amount of oil.
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Jane Lu
Sep 02, 2021
4 Cars That Made It to 1 Million Miles
A diligent group of drivers has managed to get their cars to one million miles with the original engines.
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Lisa Steuer McArdle
Aug 27, 2021
Winter Tires vs. All-Season Tires
While all-season tires work well for climates with little snow or ice, you’ll need winter tires for places with harsh winter weather or cold temperatures.
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Melanie Reiff
Aug 24, 2021
How to Make Your Car Last Longer
From preventative maintenance to keeping a close eye out for rust, here’s a helpful guide on how to make your car last longer.
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Logan Carter
Aug 21, 2021
How To Tell If Your New Car is Burning Too Much Oil
New cars don't always come without problems. Here’s what to do if your new car is burning too much oil.
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Lisa Steuer McArdle
Aug 10, 2021
Don't Leave These Items in a Hot Car
Skin products and medications, food and drinks, and aerosol cans are some of the things you shouldn’t leave in a hot car.
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Jane Lu
Aug 06, 2021
Elderly Woman Tragically Dies After Sitting in Hot Car for 8 Hours
An elderly woman tragically dies after sitting inside of a hot car for eight hours. Her son had left her with the car keys but was unfortunately unable to prevent the accident.
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Jane Lu
Sep 23, 2021
Don't Listen to These 5 Old Car Maintenance Myths
As car technology has evolved, so have the necessary car maintenance procedures. Some former strategies, like taking your car to the dealer, aren’t necessary anymore.
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Brandon Moore
Jul 27, 2021
How To Save Money on Gas
Drivers are always trying to find ways to save money on gas. Your driving style, car maintenance, and car technology can all help you reduce fuel consumption and save on gas.
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Jane Lu
Jul 18, 2021
How to Keep Your Car Safe in South Florida's Climate
Florida can get extremely hot, and this can damage your car. To keep your car safe, you can use sun protection products and perform routine maintenance.
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Jane Lu
Sep 24, 2021
Record Heatwave Shows Issues With Oregon’s Ban on Pumping Your Own Gas
Oregon announced a temporary two-day suspension of the ban on pumping your own gas in the state due to the heatwave. Many residents don’t know how to pump gas, and this situation emphasized issues with the law.
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Jane Lu
Sep 24, 2021
Is it Okay to Drive on a Flat Tire?
Flat tires happen, usually at the worst time—but can you drive on a flat tire? No, it’s very dangerous! Drive only as far as needed to safely get off the road.
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Michelle Ballestrasse
Jul 05, 2021
3 Signs That Your Brake Pads are Worn Out
Squealing or screeching, metallic grinding, and warning lights are key signs of how to tell if your brake pads and shoes are worn out. Get your car to the shop!
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Michelle Ballestrasse
Jul 05, 2021
Will Car Insurance Cover a Flat Tire?
Flat tires are a massive inconvenience, but does insurance cover flat tires? It might—but only if the damage was caused by vandalism or an accident.
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Michelle Ballestrasse
Jul 05, 2021
How to Properly Maintain Your Car
A 30-60-90 car maintenance schedule helps you know when to check things like fluids, belts, and brakes. Items like oil and filters need more regular attention.
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Michelle Ballestrasse
Jul 05, 2021
The Top Road Trip Mistakes (and How to Avoid Them)
From skipping the pre-trip car maintenance to not checking the traffic on your route, these 10 road trip mistakes to avoid can turn your road trip upside-down.
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Michelle Ballestrasse
Jun 23, 2021
4 Safety Requirements to Keep in Mind When Using Jack Stands
If you’re using jack stands to fix your car, be sure to double-jack, work on a level concrete surface, check that they’re secure, and never overload them. These are four requirements that will help keep you protected.
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Caden Goodwin
Sep 21, 2021
LGBTQ Auto Shop Owners Challenge Status Quo in the Industry
El Scherker and Eli Allison started up auto shops focused on inclusion, accessibility, and transparency for people and identities who feel excluded from the car industry. Repair Revolution is where Scherker regained confidence for working in the industry.
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Caden Goodwin
Sep 20, 2021
Don't Expect a Break From Rising Gas Prices Any Time Soon
Gas prices are at a high due to an increased summer demand, a recent ransomware attack shutting down a pipeline, and extreme weather.
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Andrew Koole
Jun 17, 2021
What Happens if You Put the Wrong Gas in Your Car?
The consequences of using the wrong fuel can be more or less serious depending on the type you use and how quickly you catch your mistake.
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Jacoba Bood
Jun 16, 2021
How to Repair Loose Car Door Panel Upholstery
Use a good glue, and follow a 7 step process to put everything together properly.
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Valerie Mellema
Sep 10, 2021
How to Repair Leather Car Seats
A small hole or tear doesn't mean you have to splurge on new leather upholstery. Here's how to mend it on your own.
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Marisol Pereira
Feb 16, 2021
How to Fix Minor Rust Spots on Your Car
If you find a minor rust spot on your car, nip it in the bud.
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Valerie Mellema
Feb 16, 2021
How to Remove Water Marks from Your Car
Have you noticed unsightly water stains on your car? Here's how to remove them.
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Marisol Pereira
Feb 12, 2021

All Questions on Car Maintenance

What's a good way to keep my car clean if I don't have a garage?
I want to take meticulous care of my car, but I don't have a place to garage it. However, I still want to make sure it stays as clean as possible; what's the best way to keep a car clean when you don't have a garage?
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Eric Schad
Sep 24, 2021
How do I get sunblock off leather car seats?
I put sunblock on my legs and sat in my leather car seats without thinking about it. Now there are visible stains and I'm kicking myself. How do I get sunblock off leather seats?
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Eric Schad
Sep 24, 2021
How do you get ink from a pen out of a car seat?
I had an ink pen blow up in my pocket and it got everywhere, including my driver's car seat. I usually take very good care of my car and I hate messes, so this is driving me nuts. How do I get ink pen stains out of my car seat upholstery?
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Eric Schad
Sep 24, 2021
How do I get a car seatbelt unstuck?
My car seatbelt is constantly sticking and it's super annoying. I don't have great motor control, and so pulling at it constantly is getting really tiresome. Are there any hacks to get a car seatbelt unstuck?
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Eric Schad
Sep 24, 2021
How do you know what gas your car needs?
How can I tell what kind of gas my car uses? I was given my dream car for my 55th birthday from my family. I’ve been driving my old car for 15 years so this was quite the surprise! I’m not sure what kind of fuel this new car uses.
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Phoebe Mah
Sep 24, 2021
How can I tell if my car needs an oil change?
How do you know if your car needs an oil change? My car has been having some problems lately. Full transparency—I haven't gotten an oil change in quite a while. So I'm thinking that might be the issue.
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Liz Jenson
Sep 23, 2021
How much will it cost to get my car detailed?
I want to get a full detail for my BMW, but I'm not sure how much it will cost. What should I expect?
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Liz Jenson
Sep 21, 2021
How do I clean the dashboard of my car at home?
What's the best way to clean my dashboard? My car's dash is dark-colored, so dust and dirt are really visible.
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Eric Schad
Sep 13, 2021
How do you clean car wheel arches, or wheel wells?
What should I use to clean my car's wheel arches? Mine are so dirty, but I have no idea where to start.
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Eric Schad
Sep 13, 2021
How do you clean car towels?
What's the best way to wash towels I've used to clean my car? I'm frugal and want to keep them so I can use them again later.
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Eric Schad
Sep 13, 2021
How do you clean car roof stains?
What's the best way to clean the interior roof of my car? I just bought a used vehicle and its headliner is pretty stained.
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Eric Schad
Sep 13, 2021
How can you extend the life of your tires?
How can I protect my tires? I just got new ones because I didn't take very good care of my last set; I don't want to repeat my mistakes with this new set.
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Emily Maracle
Sep 10, 2021
How can I keep my car in good repair?
Are there any tips or suggestions for keeping your vehicle in good repair? Should I be following a specific maintenance schedule?
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Emily Maracle
Sep 10, 2021
How much should I tip for car detailing?
If I get my car detailed, should I tip? I recently took my car in to be cleaned. The workers were polite and did a great job—but I wasn't sure if I was supposed to throw them some extra money. If so, how much?
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Eric Schad
Sep 09, 2021
How much coolant does a car use?
How do I know if I have enough coolant in my car? I want to top off the coolant in my radiator after I flush it.
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Eric Schad
Sep 09, 2021
How much antifreeze does a car need?
How do I know if I have enough antifreeze in my car? I live in Nebraska and want to make sure my car is ready for winter.
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Eric Schad
Sep 09, 2021
How many parts does a car have?
How many parts are in the average car? I was reading about how a human has 206 bones. For some reason, this made me wonder how many parts a car has.
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Eric Schad
Sep 09, 2021
How do you open a car bonnet, or hood?
How do I open my car's bonnet? I just moved to California from Australia and bought my first car. I'm having trouble doing even the most basic things.
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Eric Schad
Sep 09, 2021
Is freshwater or saltwater worse for your car?
I live in Louisiana and there is nowhere I can drive right now due to flooding. I have to get food, though, so I'm going to have to drive through some water. Which is worse to drive through: fresh water or salt water?
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Lauren Smith
Sep 09, 2021
How do you check the oil and other fluids in your car after a flood?
I heard that water can get in and mix with the oil in your car after a flood. How can I check if water got in? Where else should I check?
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Lauren Smith
Sep 09, 2021
How do you repair rust holes in a car roof?
Can I fix a rust hole on the top of my car? It's an older vehicle, and I've noticed that rust holes are starting to appear on the roof.
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Eric Schad
Sep 02, 2021
How do you remove leaves from a car hood?
How do I get the leaves out of my car's hood? I live in a forested area of Vermont, and there are always leaves around and under the hood in the fall.
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Eric Schad
Sep 02, 2021
Can you service leased cars wherever you want?
Can I service the car wherever I want, or do I have to take it to the dealer? I know that I might have to pay for some of the service on a leased car; however, I don't want to pay outrageous dealer prices.
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Eric Schad
Sep 01, 2021
What happens if you decide not to service a leased car?
I know you have to service a leased car per the contract stipulations. But hypothetically, what happens if you decide **not** to service a leased car?
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Eric Schad
Sep 01, 2021
What are ways to get your car ready for lease inspection?
I have to turn my car back in at the end of a lease. What should I do to get the car ready for the lease inspection?
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Eric Schad
Sep 01, 2021
How do I avoid getting scammed by car mechanics?
What are the best ways to avoid scams by car mechanics? Some of my friends have told me that car repair shops are always wanting to make an extra buck off you.
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Eric Schad
Sep 01, 2021
How many complaints are filed against mechanics each year?
I know that mechanics can have an unsavory reputation, but I'm not sure to what degree. How many complaints are filed against mechanics each year?
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Eric Schad
Sep 01, 2021
What's a good resource to find a reliable mechanic in my area?
Is there a resource to find a mechanic in my area? I need to find a mechanic in a new city, but I'm shy and not good at meeting the right people to ask.
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Eric Schad
Sep 01, 2021
Where can I find a trustworthy mechanic?
Where do I look for a trustworthy mechanic? I just moved to a new state and I need to find a mechanic that I can trust.
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Eric Schad
Sep 01, 2021
What are questions I should always ask a new mechanic?
What are some questions I should ask a mechanic to make sure they're good? I need to find a new mechanic, but I've never done it before. I know I should ask a few questions to get a feel for them.
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Eric Schad
Sep 01, 2021

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