Main theme: We dig into the overflowing CR mailbag and dedicate this entire podcast episode to answering questions from the Talking Cars audience.

The team addresses:

  • Can worn brake pads affect the performance of my adaptive cruise control?
  • Is this a good time to buy a used EV?
  • Why do some cars have red turn signals and others have yellow ones?
  • Can topping off your car’s fuel tank harm the engine?
  • Is rustproofing still a thing?
Talking Cars panelists Mike Quincy, Mike Monticello, and Jen Stockburger
Panelists: Mike Quincy, Mike Monticello, and Jen Stockburger

As with other “Talking Cars” episodes, this one is available free through Apple Podcasts. (Subscribe to the audio or video.) You’ll also find the audio on Spotify (log-in required) and video on YouTube.


• Audi A6, episode 219
• Subaru Legacy, Emission Standards, episode 218
• Subaru Outback, episode 217
• Ford Explorer, episode 216
• The Rising Cost of Car Ownership, episode 215


We’d love to include it in a future show. Click here to upload your video questions to our Dropbox folder. Please send high-definition (1920x1080) MP4 video files with high-quality audio. Or send an iMessage question to our TalkingCars@icloud.com account.