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Brookhaven Festival Car Show

12/13/2018
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TTAC had a wonderful time visiting the Brookhaven Festival Car Show, recently. Someone grabbed Ben's butt! Check out the accompanying pics (of cars, not of Ben's butt) on our facebook page and website. We record at Strongbox West, in Atlanta. If you would like to pose a question or offer feedback, please visit our website. This podcast is powered by Pinecast.

Duration:00:36:08

Fantasies About Used Cars

12/10/2018
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Have you ever fantasized that your new used car was previously owned by… a murderer? What? On this episode Ronny wants to let everyone know about year-end deals and how to get them, as the end of the year is quickly approaching. We also find out what the "magic number" is for cars sitting on a sales lot. Mickey is thinking about trading in for a newer model (just what every woman wants to hear). Also, Beka talks about a weird encounter, and how she was almost led astray. We record at...

Duration:00:21:40

You Didn't Screw It In Right

12/3/2018
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With colder weather approaching, the crew talks about winter tech tips for your car. Ronny explains how you just might end up with a coolant leak. Mickey questions which gas is the best gas to fill a tire with. Beka is testing out a new TPM system. And Ronny brings up an important question… Does Beka have a little white girl in her? We record at Strongbox West, in Atlanta. If you would like to pose a question or offer feedback, please visit our website. This podcast is powered by...

Duration:00:20:12

Return Of The Rotating Dead

11/26/2018
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No, it's not a movie! This is real! It's the Return of… the Rotary! Ben tells us of Mazda's plan to bring back the Wankel Engine (again). Mickey explains how he's warped. Ronny tells a harrowing tale about being caught between cars. And Beka has fun with words. Wankel. We record at Strongbox West, in Atlanta. If you would like to pose a question or offer feedback, please visit our website. This podcast is powered by Pinecast.

Duration:00:20:22

There Be Unicorns Here

11/19/2018
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On this episode Ronny tells us about his shenanigans at the Petite LeMans, and Beka has a visceral reaction to some of his comments. Mickey ponders about wheel direction while turning. Ben Confesses to being an impatient clod. And there's just s smidge of politics thrown in. We record at Strongbox West, in Atlanta. If you would like to pose a question or offer feedback, please visit our website. This podcast is powered by Pinecast.

Duration:00:23:47

Finagling Science

11/12/2018
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Our cast of cohorts converge on the case of nitrogen in tires… does this really matter? Mickey brings up a question from Reddit: should you change "burnt" transmission fluid? Ronny reviews some of the cars in his garage. And Mickey asks, are we ever going to get a fool-proof electric car? We record at Strongbox West, in Atlanta. If you would like to pose a question or offer feedback, please visit our website. This podcast is powered by Pinecast.

Duration:00:21:43

Pour Some Sugar On Me

11/6/2018
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Things get a bit interesting on this episode as Becca talks about looking for a second car, and the group recommends that she finds a sugar daddy. Katie is back with us after quite some time away from the mic. Ronny informs us that 5 cars qualify as a fleet, so Beka sets her goal. Mickey suggests that we shouldn't get emotionally attached to cars. Also, what did Becca and Beka say could be done in minivans and station wagons?? Oh my! We record at Strongbox West, in Atlanta. If you would...

Duration:00:24:27

McDonalds To Start Making Cars--Grimace Is Mad

10/30/2018
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All joking aside, are car manufacturers making their cars more disposable nowadays? Ronny monologues about the worst cars to maintain. Beka wonders why car companies only focus on churning out new cars. Mickey explains to us why he has ants in his pants. And just in case you don't know, Grimace is the big, purple character that McDonalds used to have. Also, grimace means to frown. See what we did there? We record at Strongbox West, in Atlanta. If you would like to pose a question or offer...

Duration:00:23:03

Make Cars Great Again

10/22/2018
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On this episode the group talks about the end of the VW Beetle. Mickey asks, "does the world need a beetle?" Ronny discusses routine vehicle maintenance. And once again, minivans come up in conversation. Also--move over James Dean, Japan apparently has some rebels with a pretty unique cause. We record at Strongbox West, in Atlanta. If you would like to pose a question or offer feedback, please visit our website. This podcast is powered by Pinecast.

Duration:00:24:06

Don't You Laugh If A Hearse Goes By

10/15/2018
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On this episode the gang discusses funeral procession etiquette. Mickey has a story about the A/C in his Mazda. The podcasters tackle tough questions like, should you use a torque wrench on spark plugs? And, why do cars drive better when they've just been washed? Also, how not to change a light bulb. We record at Strongbox West, in Atlanta. If you would like to pose a question or offer feedback, please visit our website. This podcast is powered by Pinecast.

Duration:00:23:32

No Physics Puns Intended

10/8/2018
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Today the gang gabs about people's ability to drive after Mickey's friend shares a rant regarding Atlanta drivers. Ronny discusses the benefits of having annual vehicle inspections and annual driving tests. The crew considers what it's like to drive at 198 miles per hour. The podcasters preach about why you should turn your headlights on when it rains, and several other important driving issues. And Beka reminds us to "drive like a sane person." We record at Strongbox West, in Atlanta. If...

Duration:00:29:09

Call Me An Idiot

10/1/2018
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On this wet and rainy day in Atlanta, the podcasters ponder the science behind water coming out of tailpipes. Beka has a new acquisition, and also asks you, the listener, a question about clutches. Ben's friend has an issue with odometers. And Mickey wonders, which is more accurate? An actual speedometer, or a GPS speedometer? We record at Strongbox West, in Atlanta. If you would like to pose a question or offer feedback, please visit our website. This podcast is powered by Pinecast.

Duration:00:28:21

And Then It Fell Out Of My Head

9/24/2018
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On this episode we welcome David to the table. He regales us with the tale of his car, and asks, “am I getting ripped off?” Ronny explains to everyone how a mechanic gets paid. We let you know what “lifetime” really means for your fluids and parts. Also, tune in to find out what the “bread and butter” is for mechanics. Don’t forget-–there are no expiration dates on cars. We record at Strongbox West, in Atlanta. If you would like to pose a question or offer feedback, please visit our...

Duration:00:22:58

There Are No Tatas In Cuba

9/17/2018
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The Thing About Cars was fortunate to have both Flip and Ben Lower at the table. Flip tells us about the car scene in Cuba. The “Cuban” cigar may be highly overrated. Ben watches the background of old television shows. And Mickey wants to know when Bollywood took over Magnum P.I. We record at Strongbox West, in Atlanta. If you would like to pose a question or offer feedback, please visit our website. We welcome your support of our efforts via Patreon. This podcast is powered by Pinecast.

Duration:00:20:11

Insurance Stuff, Part 2

9/10/2018
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Talking about insurance is drier than a Saharan road rally. But bear with us here, as TTAC sits down with Beka and Becky to slog through some important things that we think every driver should know. Part 2 of a 2-part series. We record at Strongbox West, in Atlanta. If you would like to pose a question or offer feedback, please visit our website. Support The Thing About Cars by donating to the tip jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/the-thing-about-cars This podcast is powered by...

Duration:00:34:44

Insurance Stuff, Part 1

9/3/2018
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Look, we know insurance is drier than a punctured radiator in Death Valley. But bear with us here, as TTAC sits down with Beka and Becky to slog through some important things that we think every driver should know. Part 1 of a 2-part series. We record at Strongbox West, in Atlanta. If you would like to pose a question or offer feedback, please visit our website. Support The Thing About Cars by donating to the tip jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/the-thing-about-cars This podcast is...

Duration:00:26:21

That's A Lot Of Spinnin'

8/27/2018
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After this episode, you will know all about how to talk to your mechanic. Well, kind of. Ok, not so much. But Ronny explains that not all mechanics are well-versed in communication. Ben relays to us that his experience with rental cars doesn't always smell like roses. Mickey wants to discuss something that he recently heard: should every car have a turbo? Eric definitely knows how he feels about that. And, as always, Beka has an issue with her G8. We record at Strongbox West, in Atlanta. If...

Duration:00:32:40

Don't Look Through My Wiring

8/20/2018
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Mickey wants some feedback for his friend who is shopping for a used luxury car. Beka sympathizes as Becca tells us that she was in an accident with her beloved Civic. Eric reveals his love for a couple of car makes. And the gang warns you to not try this at home; as they decide the best DIY frame repair. We record at Strongbox West, in Atlanta. If you would like to pose a question or offer feedback, please visit our website. This podcast is powered by Pinecast.

Duration:00:23:20

Covet Thy Car

8/13/2018
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On this episode, Mickey, Beka, Becca, and Ben listen as Ronny tells us how he would prioritize modifications. Eric tells us about a project car that is going backwards. Beka wants everyone to believe her when she wears her shirt that says, "just one more car, I promise". And Mickey really wants to know, what kind of friend gives you dented fenders? Plus, loaning cars to friends: nice, or just plain nutty? We record at Strongbox West, in Atlanta. If you would like to pose a question or offer...

Duration:00:23:20

Driving Miss Crazy

8/6/2018
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Let's all give Susanne a round of applause for dealing with our crazy, and building TTAC's new website! Mickey, Ben, Ronny, Beka, and Eric present Susanne with a well-deserved award, and she sticks around to chit-chat about cars. Beka finds that Suzanne is a kindred spirit. Ben brings up the topic of a cough station wagon Mustang. Eric is going to Wally World. Mickey reveals his new facial expression of shock and horror. And Ronny searches pastries for magic. We record at Strongbox West, in...

Duration:00:26:16