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.
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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!
Pete's considering buying a new Honda but he's curious about the CV transmission. He's driven manuals and automatics for the last 50 years and isn't sure he's ready for something new. Tom and Ray explain how CVTs work, and encourage Pete to go for a test drive.
Ann is turning 70 in a few years and she's looking forward to it already. But she needs Tom and Ray's advice--she's buying a convertible as a gift to herself and isn't sure what to get. Find out what Tom and Ray recommend for the cross-country road trip she's planning, right here.
Cat needs Tom and Ray to settle a dispute that she and her husband are having about the parking brake. She sets the brake when the car is already in park; he applies the brake, then shifts to park. What's the right way to do it? And can this marriage survive?