What's the Real Cost of a Car Trip?


Rachel wants to know how much it costs per mile to run a car. Her friends calculate the cost of by the cost of the gas used, but Rachel thinks they should also factor in wear and tear on the engine, maintenance, etc. Luckily, the IRS calculates this number every year.


Today: What's Wrong With Daniel's 1979 Fiat?


Heat from the engine compartment in Daniel's 1979 Fiat Spider is giving him hot foot. On this car, there are so many possible culprits Tom and Ray don't know where to start. The catalytic converter could be running hot or it could be a bad fuel injector or a missing heat shield.


What Happened to JamieLee's New Car?


JamieLee loaned out her car and when she got it back it was leaking fluids and all the warning lights were flashing. The person she loaned it to denied doing anything wrong, but Tom and Ray say for this to happen on a relatively new car, the operator would have to have hit something.


If I Had a Hammer . . .


Today: Tom and Ray hear from BJ who's having window problems with his Chrysler 300M. The window sticks when it's warm outside, and BJ lives in Florida. Tom suggests a hammer. Ray suggests driving northward and selling the car there. This and more questionable advice, right here. 


Today: Do Seatbelt Laws Apply to Old Jaguar?


David has an old Jaguar. When he was young and irresponsible, he used to drive with three people in the front. Is that still legal? Was it ever? Tom and Ray suggest he get a second Jag.


Second Honeymoon for Mary's Camry?


Mary's Camry is reliable, has low mileage and is working fine. The problem? She can't stand the sight of the rusty wheels, even though her mechanic assures her there's no safety risk.


OK to Use Larger Oil Filter?


Larry found a larger oil filter for his car and wonders if th extra oil capacity would help his engine in the long run. Tom and Ray say they've done similar work for customers who insist, but there are always dangers to improvising with the filter. Find out more, here.


Today: What's Causing Low-Speed Sluggishness?


Al's Suburban has been sluggish at low speeds and his relative told him it was his catalytic converter. Can relatives be trusted when it comes to car repair? Tom and Ray have a lot to say about that topic (and they help him with his car problem too). Read it all, right here.