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That's Not A Heat Problem... That's A Water Problem!

5/25/2018
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Today, we still have a full table with a rowdy bunch of newcomers. Mickey asks a potentially dangerous question: what would you rather wrench on? The gang discusses why you should not use Fram and other oil changing information. Plus, you heard it here: there is a "stupid fee." As always, we are coming to you from Strongbox West in beautiful Atlanta Georgia. If you would like to pose a question or offer feedback, please find us on Facebook on Facebook. We will podcast for tips!! Thanks for...

Duration:00:29:53

Eric? Where are you?

5/7/2018
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It's another lovely day in beautiful Atlanta Georgia, where the rambling podcasters discuss cars. Mickey brings up the subject of engine breaking - Yay or Nay? Gregs talks about chump cars. Ben warns us to look out for turn 5! Then there's Beka and Becca, who seem to have their own conversation going on. What could they be plotting? But we all wonder - where is Eric? And why is Mickey being asked to smack Beka?? If you would like to pose a question or offer feedback, please find us on...

Duration:00:19:11

Mickey Fails Geography

3/22/2018
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Things get chaotic as Mickey, Greg, Ben, Becca, and Beka all compete to talk about their favorite topic - CARS!! Amid the chatter, Ben talks about the current ownership of Lotus. Greg tells Takata tales. More on minivans, LS swapping, and electrics, of course! Becca dreams of a Tesla, or of putting an electric motor in her civic. The pack of podcasters reminisce for The Revenger. Fear it! And what the heck did Beka write on the white board?? The world may never know. We are coming to you...

Duration:00:23:55

Squeaky Brakes (and the Mustang Chakra, oh my!)

3/13/2018
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Our friend Greg tells us about his heavy involvement as an automotive hobbyist, from his '38 Plymouth to the car-shows he organises. The merits of modifying your daily driver get discussed, and the gang gets into the many subtleties of dealing with squeaky brakes. Please pose a question or offer feedback on Facebook. Don’t forget to tip your server! Thanks for listening! Support The Thing About Cars by donating to the tip jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/the-thing-about-cars This...

Duration:00:25:59

A Tribute-Edition Minivan

3/1/2018
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The gang discusses the merits of home-brew tribute editions, modifying cars to pay homage to things like Firefly or R2D2, but not Knight Rider, which has its own gimmicks. A return to past topics of used rental cars and minivans, both of which Beka would prefer to avoid but Mickey and Ben see upsides of. Please pose a question or offer feedback on Facebook. Don’t forget to tip your server! Thanks for listening! Support The Thing About Cars by donating to the tip jar:...

Duration:00:24:43

First-World Problems

2/20/2018
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Whether it's your daily driver, your restoration-project, or just a rental car, problems can happen. Mickey, Beka, and Ben ponder problems from floppy sockets to sketchy pasts to master cylinders missing in action. Please pose a question or offer feedback on Facebook. Don’t forget to tip your server! Thanks for listening! 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 Pinecast.

Duration:00:29:46

It's A Conspiracy, Man!

2/8/2018
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Is there or isn't there a conspiracy deep within the auto-industry to make your car more difficult for DIY work? And just what kind of secret cabals in the marketing departments come up with some of the most memorable car-names? Mickey, Beka, and Ben ponder these questions and hope that The Man isn't on to them. Please pose a question or offer feedback on Facebook. Don’t forget to tip your server! Thanks for listening! Support The Thing About Cars by donating to the tip jar:...

Duration:00:27:29

Smells Like Teen Engine

12/18/2017
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The usual suspects sit around the table today to chit chat about jump starting a car, new battery technology, and headlight bulb replacement. Beka rolls her eyes at the Lamborghini cellphone. Also, Ben brings up the new Mazda compression engine, and Mickey tells us how he jiggles it. Just a little bit. As always, coming to you via Strongbox West in Atlanta, Georgia. If you would like to pose a question or offer feedback, please come find us on the web or Facebook. Don’t forget to tip your...

Duration:00:29:49

Nothing Clean Enough For Radio

12/12/2017
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Ben talks about the Atlanta British Car show, and updates us on the progress of his project Lotus. Mickey is frustrated by a recent crime. Beka manages to sneak in a Buffy the Vampire Slayer reference. And the gang discusses old cars versus new cars in accidents. As always, coming to you via Strongbox West in Atlanta, Georgia. If you would like to pose a question or offer feedback, please come find us on the web or Facebook. Don’t forget to tip your server! Thanks for listening! Support...

Duration:00:26:46

Systems Went Wonkie

11/20/2017
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On this episode: Mickey, Becca, Ben, and Beka discuss electrical phenonmena. Mickey tells us about his adventures with his Mazda. Beka confides to us about a very emotional issue. And Becca tells us how to find cheap car parts. Don’t forget to tip your server! Thanks for listening! Oh, and please fill out our survey! As always, coming to you via Strongbox West in Atlanta, Georgia. If you would like to pose a question or offer feedback, please come find us on the web or Facebook. Support...

Duration:00:29:08

Dajiban!

11/7/2017
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In Japan they have Dajiban! Meanwhile in Atlanta… Mickey, Beka, and Ben once again argue over minivans. The group also laments over the rising cost of cars. Ben tells us more about the Lotus Evora. Beka introduces the idea of racing minivans, and theorizes that life is actually like a box of Cracker Jacks. Don’t forget to tip your server! Thanks for listening! Oh, and please fill out our survey! As always, coming to you via Strongbox West in Atlanta, Georgia. If you would like to pose a...

Duration:00:27:33

More Powerful V4s

10/24/2017
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This episode, Mickey, Ben, and Beka gather ‘round the campfire to tell horror stories of no more V8s or V6s. Beka regales us with a Fiero story, and a few car jokes. Ben tells the tale of how Mini saved the British Auto Industry. And Mickey confesses a story of when he wasn’t such a good driver. As always, coming to you via Strongbox West in Atlanta, Georgia. If you would like to pose a question or offer feedback, please come find us on the web or Facebook. The TTAC crew would like to...

Duration:00:25:25

There Were Lubricants Involved In This Story

9/19/2017
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Today at Strongbox West in Atlanta, Georgia... Mickey, Beka, and Ben are once again joined by their friend Matt. Mickey explains why he is not a fan of Pull-A-Part or WD-40. The gang talks about their favorite penetrating oil, where you can find cars with trees, and discuss the effect technology has on driving. Ben teaches us how to abuse major appliances in the name of auto repair. And, is it PB or not PB? That is the question. If you would like to pose a question or offer feedback,...

Duration:00:28:20

She's Gone From Suck To Blow

8/10/2017
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In a world where men love pedicures, Beka explains why she’s the man. Mickey, Beka, and Ben are joined by their new friend Matt, who explains why he should have his license revoked. Ben gives you a devious plan on how to stop passengers from playing with radio knobs. The gang discusses electric superchargers, leather conditioners, and subscription cars. And Matt dreams of a self-cleaning car. As always we are coming to you from Strongbox West in Atlanta! Visit us anytime on the web or...

Duration:00:25:09

The Importance Of First Aid

7/18/2017
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In a world where bad things happen, Mickey, Becca and Ben talk about the importance of knowing first aid, and being prepared in the event of an accident. Ben brings up electric superchargers and oil filters. The group discusses air filters. Mickey ponders, can you call them that? Becca wants to know more about aftermarket parts. And the gang responds to the listener question about his transmission dipstick. As always we are coming to you from Strongbox West in Atlanta! Visit us anytime on...

Duration:00:20:05

Podcast Machine Of Choice

7/5/2017
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Today in the land of cars, Mickey and Ben introduce Becca, just to confuse you! She tells us a bit about herself, and reveals the strange thing that she does with shoes. The gabbers tempt fate and chat about accidents. Mickey endeavors to become more grounded. Ben attempts to answer a tough listener question. And Mickey poses the question: How much money do you want to put into something that’s been poorly designed? Also… Squeaky Chairs!! (Doesn’t this group own a can of WD40?) Don’t let...

Chop Top Minivans

6/21/2017
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On this episode of Lifestyles of the Poor and Unknown: Mickey, Beka, Ben, and Katie daydream of warehouses, lifts, and cars for the podcast group. Ben regales us with a Taiwanese tale of terror, and a sad sinkhole story from Kentucky. We chat about interesting garage features, and consider ways to get a lift into a garage. (Also pondering on what it is about headlamps that cause them to fog up.) As always, we're recording at Strongbox West in the beautiful City of Atlanta, with the...

Express Delivery

6/13/2017
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Katie teaches us about the Rhino XT, and Mickey brings up the facebook post about the Demon Challenger. Which leads our podcasters to ponder: how fast is too fast for mail delivery? We tackle the listener question about the "gizmo that makes the door lock." We also deliberate the answer to Mickey's poll: "Should changing a tire be a part of basic car education?" Join us on facebook and tell us what YOU think the answer is. As always, we're recording at Strongbox West in the beautiful City...

Rotten Bushings

5/15/2017
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Mickey, Katie, and Ben gather ‘round to discuss changing headlight bulbs. Katie tells us her top picks for cars. Mickey pitches a television show. And Ben talks Tech Tips. If you would like the TTAC crew to tackle a question for you, please visit our facebook page. Thank you for listening! Music is by Geminii XIII, and we're recording at Strongbox West in the beautiful City of Atlanta. Support The Thing About Cars by donating to the tip jar. This podcast is powered by Pinecast.

Duration:00:24:06

Where's My Tuna?

4/25/2017
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Mickey, Beka, Ben, and Misty tackle the listener question: What do you do when your car is bugging out? We also ponder the disadvantages of shared cars, older generations coping with newer cars, cars making comebacks, and a bunch of opinions on V8 motors. As always, Misty is our Audio Guru, Music is by Geminii XIII, and we're recording at Strongbox West in the beautiful City of Atlanta. IF you would like the TTAC crew to tackle a question for you, please visit our facebook page. Thank...

Duration:00:28:07

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