In the Car Talk Communities, there’s a question this week about a 2005 Mercedes-Benz C-Class that won’t start, despite the battery being “good.” Before you go buying new batteries, alternators or starters, there’s a sequence of diagnosis you should follow to figure out what’s going on. It could save you hundreds of dollars:
So you’ve decided to move on from your old car and buy yourself a new ride. If you’re a typical buyer, then you’ve spent an average of 14 hours online, researching the specs, prices, and even the dealership from which you’re going to buy. But if you don’t think about getting the most value for your […]
With the approach of the Memorial Day holiday, we’re close to vacation season in North America. That means packing your gear into the truck, car, or SUV and heading off to beautiful beachfronts and scenic mountaintop destinations, from coast to coast. Whether you are taking the whole family or just planning a personal getaway, Now’s […]
The average car today comes with an automatic transmission that includes two pedals at your feet and a gear selector that simply needs to be put into Drive in order to get the car moving. Most cars in the U.S. are automatics, but there are manuals out there for those who take the time to […]
If your car suddenly has booming wind noise inside when you open the moonroof or sunroof the fix is easy and costs you nothing.
Teens learning to drive may think that their parents are obsessed with safety, with an emphasis on the car you’re driving protecting you in a crash. But here’s one part of safety that gets left out: you could avoid risky roadside breakdowns by keeping up with basic car maintenance. Follow these procedures to check your fluids, and […]
Every car comes with a Warranty and Maintenance Schedule booklet that tells you exactly how frequently the manufacturer recommends you service your car. In the schedule, there’s “Normal” service and something called “Severe Duty”. If you live in a lot of regions in the United States, you want to follow the latter recommendations.
Just about a month ago, BestRide was on the Bradley Jay Experience on WBZ-AM1030 when a caller asked about his windows that randomly rolled down by themselves, leaving his interior soaked in the pouring rain. We couldn’t figure out why, but now we know the answer.
Much of the United States is stuck in a deep freeze that includes plenty of snow and ice. If you have to clear the ice from your car in the morning, then you may think about dumping some hot water on your windshield rather than scraping it off the old fashioned way. Here’s why that’s […]