Today: How Ethical is Shopping Around?


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.


That's Detective Magliozzi to You!


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?


Technically Correct Is Technically Annoying


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.


Today: Can Mary Settle for Four Cylinders?


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?


Today: Weed-Whacker Gas in Honda Accord?


Jeff has some leftover oil-gas mixture from his weed-whacker that he can't store over the winter. He wonders if it's safe to use to fuel his Honda Accord. Find out what Tom and Ray suggest, right here.


Old Snow Tires and New Math


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"?


Help for Sue's Sister's Sandy-Soaked Cars


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 Prius-Repelling Driveway


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?


Today: Shirley's Husband's Terrible Advice


Shirley's husband says she can get better traction if she "wiggles" the steering wheel when she takes corners, especially when driving in rain and snow. On a scale of one to completely bogus, how bad is this advice?


Gayle's Not Ready to be Married to a Geezer


Gayle's active, fit and busy husband has started driving like a geezer. He's not yet 70 but he's already driving 20 miles per hour below the speed limit. Can Tom and Ray help or are they too far gone themselves?


Shake, Rattle, Roll and Hand Over Your Wallet


Kyle's Toyota Tundra makes a loud noise when driven between 22 and 45 mph. The local mechanics and the dealership are totally stumped.Tom and Ray advise Kyle to hold onto his wallet "tightly and dearly" for the news is not great.


To Garage or Not to Garage


Can Tom and Ray settle a dispute between Evelyn and her boyfriend? He says keeping the car in a garage shortens the life of the car. But Evelyn is pro-garage. She thinks it's good for the car. Who's right?


Does Computer Re-Flashing Really Do Anything?


Dan's local auto repair shop has offered to "re-flash" his car's computer. Leaving aside the scandalous name, is this a valuable service? Find out what Tom and Ray have to say on the subject of flashing, right here.


Today: Luke's Hot Texas Tour


Luke's band's tour van is having major AC problems. Nine guys plus one hot van plus one Texas tour equals one pretty stinky situation. Can Tom and Ray succeed where other mechanics have failed and figure out what's causing this?


Should Toyota Pay for New Steering Column?


Dennis's daughter-in-law is having trouble with her Toyota Corolla. At 40,000 miles, the steering wheel fell off. Could this have been her fault? And if not, who should pay? Get Tom and Ray's opinion, right here.