Thought your commute was bad? John drives 310 miles round trip and it's finally time to replace his trusty Prius. He's looking for something with comparable gas mileage that can go the distance. Find out what Tom and Ray recommend, right here.
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Sarah's son listens to the radio in the car while the engine is off, but Sarah worries this will drain the battery. Her son says that his friends do this all the time and haven't killed a battery yet. Will Tom and Ray back Sarah up? Or will they endorse the collective wisdom of a group of teenage boys?
Zach's dad wants to take the boys on a road trip in his vintage Studebaker, but their mom worries that they'll break down. Tom and Ray say, mom's right, but they should take the trip anyway! Can they help Zach can convince his mom that breaking down is part of the adventure?
Steve is sure he smells a rat after his mechanic recommended that he flush out his brake lines and replace the brake fluid. Can Tom and Ray talk him down from his ledge of paranoia?
Jonathan was helping his coworker jump start her car, but he hooked up the cables the wrong way and now her radio is fried. Tom and Ray are full of hope for Jonathan--they hope he has good insurance, and they hope that the coworker he was helping out is cute, because this is going to cost him.
Kylee used Mercury Sable came with a "small" oil leak. It's only getting worse and she's getting tired of filling it every couple weeks. Tom and Ray have plenty of sympathy for Kylee but don't hold out much hope for the Mercury. Find out why, right here.
Judy's turn signal malfunctioned and when it did she saw a wisp of smoke coming out of her Ford Explorer's steering column. She's worried that if she ignores the problem, the whole car will eventually go up in flames. Find out what Tom and Ray recommend right here.
Malia is shopping for a new car but is intimidated by all the computerized parts. She wants a car she can understand, but Tom and Ray say that's the price we pay for better, more reliable cars. Can they convince her to embrace the improvements and live in the now?
Cathy got a detachable spout from a gas can stuck in her gas tank after a little refill. Short of draining and removing the entire tank from the car, is there anything she can do? Tom and Ray suggest an option that's always worked for them: do nothing!