Khai likes to do his own repairs but he's not confident about his diagnoses. Is it fair for him to ask a shop to make a diagnose but then use that information to do his own work? Tom and Ray weigh in on this mechanical, ethical dilemma.
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Prosecuting attorney Kat needs Tom and Ray's help to solve a crime! Some thieves messed with the dome light in an elderly woman's car so that it wouldn't turn off. While one of them was "helping" her fix the light, the accomplices sneaked into her house and ransacked the place. Can Tom and Ray figure out what they did to the dome light and help Kat get the bad guys?
Russell has a theory about saving gas by slowing down when driving up hills. Tom and Ray agree that he's not exactly wrong, but they can't quite bring themselves to endorse his idea either. Read Russell's only-partially-bogus theory right here.
Mary has always relied on six-cylinder engines to get to her home up a long, steep hill. She's ready for a new car but worries that a four-cylinder won't hold up over time. Tom and Ray think she might be pleasantly suprised by modern, high-powered four-cylinder engines. Will they convince Mary to make a switch?
Paul traded in his Prius for a new one in the spring. His mechanic says it's safe to use his old snow tires, but since there's a tiny size difference, it will affect the accuracy of the odometer and speedometer. Paul thinks this will be a tough story to sell to the nice officer if he gets pulled over for speeding. Can Tom and Ray help him crunch the numbers or should he just "fuggedaboutit"?
Sue wants to help her sister's family. Their cars were hit by Hurricane Sandy and though the cars are running fine at the moment, their mechanic says the electrical system is wrecked. Is this right? Tom and Ray explain what can go wrong when an electrical system gets wet.
Peter's driveway is cut steep and all his Prius-driving friends scrape their cars on the curb when they stop by. He's shopping for a new car and would love to get a Prius for himself, but worries about scraping the car on the sidewalk every day. Can Tom and Ray help him, or will Peter have to give up his hybrid dream?