Randy has a theory--turn signals have a limited number of blinks in them, and he can and should prolong the life of his turn signal by running them as little as possible. Tom and Ray say he's nuts. Find out why, right here.
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Howard filled his new Mini Cooper S with regular for a full year before the dealer mentioned it would run better on premium gas. Now he's freaking out! Has he irrevocably damaged his car? Tom and Ray try to soothe Howard's worries with actual car info (plus some mental health suggestions).
Carolina is worried about the crayon smell in her daughter's Volvo. They've tried everything to get rid of it, but nothing's worked and Carolina is worried it might be some dangerous chemical. Tom and Ray are stumped, so we're turning to you, our clever fans to help Carolina out.
Harvey has an idea... he wants to develop a lawnmower type pull-start system to start his truck in case the battery dies and there's no one around to give him a jump. Just how bad is this idea? And what should he do instead? Tom and Ray's take, right here.
Raychel's uncle is selling his old Porsche 944S, and she wants to buy it. She's already decided it's her dream car, but she wants to know exactly what she's getting into. Tom and Ray tell her what to look out for before she decides to buy.
Rita thinks she's having a midlife crisis. She's getting ready to buy the Jeep she's always wanted, but she wants to know, how old a model can she get without compromising too much on reliability. Tom and Ray think this question misses the whole point of buying an irresponsible car.
Bo's 1987 Honda Accord needs $750 worth of repair between a new C.V. boot and tie rod. But the car itself is barely worth that. What can he afford to ignore? Tom and Ray offer him a hands-on solution for the C.V. boot but insist that he fix the tie rod right away.
Joe's daughter wants to learn some car repairs and she wants her dear old dad to teach her. The problem? Joe's worried that if she gets injured, he'll feel guilty for the rest of his life. Tom and Ray offer some basic safety tips but will it be enough to set Joe's mind at ease?
Today, Carolyn writes in to ask Tom and Ray to settle a marital dispute. She hates the sound the parking brake makes when it engages. Carolyn's logic is that since you can avoid the the sound by holding in the release button while you engage the brake, this must be better for the car somehow.
Charlie took his Ford Escape on a cross-country trip and after stopping for gas on the way back, it refused to start back up. They had it towed to a service station where it miraculously started and behaved just fine for the rest of the trip.
Richard is shipping an old car from New York to Arizona, for his son to use during grad school. But he's worried that the car won't pass inspection once it gets there. Is there a way to make sure, before he makes the investment? Tom and Ray say yes, and it doesn't even involve bribery!