Grover has a 1999 GMC Sierra that spends most of its time parked in the garage until deer season. The problem? Whenever Grover or his wife are in the garage, they hear something running, like a pump of some kind. Can Tom and Ray explain why the parts of the truck are running when parked?
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Mike and his family live in Doha, Qatar and his wife's daily commute could be made a lot shorter and a lot less stressful if she were willing to do three miles off-road each way. But she's worried that the off-road driving will cause premature wear and tear.
Bobby wants to know if he can roll-start his diesel-powered car by engaging a higher gear and popping the clutch. Tom and Ray say every vehicle is dfferent so he'd have to experiment to figure out which gear he'd want to use at what speed.
Ahmad's 1998 CR-V is melting catalytic converters and stalling every 25 miles or so. Aside from that, he insists "the car runs great." His shop has already tried almost everything and the dealership is stumped too. Tom and Ray point out that no one has tried accupuncture yet.
Jillian loves her Corolla but it has one problem--an annoying vibration that happens whenever the car is stopped with the brake engaged. Her mechanic has tried everything and is now stumped. Tom and Ray suspect the problem may be so simple her mechanic is overlooking it.
Today Tom and Ray counsel Pat through a case of "Prius Syndrome." Ever since getting his Prius, Pat has become obsessed with mileage but he's noticed that the dashboard reports that he's doing 3-4 mpg better than his old fashioned pencil and paper calculations indicate.
Steve's Honda Civic needs some work done to his AC. The Honda dealer said the compressor is shot, but Steve's local mechanic thought it might just be some faulty sensors. Find out who Tom and Ray think is right, plus how Steve can find out, right here.
Susie got a new car and she's noticed that the factory-installed GPS has been sending her the long way or the wrong way to already-familiar destinations. Now she doesn't trust it to get her places. She's tried adjusting the settings, to no avail. What gives?
Will thinks driving 55 mph is easier on his car's engine and uses less fuel, but his wife argues that going 75 mph means the engine is running for less time and is therefore doing less work. Who's correct? Will's male ego is riding on Tom and Ray's reply.