The owner's manual for Maurine's 2009 Hyundai Sonata says that seat covers will inactivate the air bag response. But Maurine drives long distances and loves her padded seat covers. Is there a way around this? Tom and Ray say she's in luck!
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Bob had a water pump failure on his 2001 Dakota and ever since, the truck won't start on damp days. Tom and Ray say he can solve his problem, easy! Just move to a drier climate. Death Valley perhaps? Read the rest of their advice, right here.
Today: Tom and Ray counsel Nathan who is just a bit concerned that his "carstache" might be blocking the external temperature sensor on his 2007 Dodge Calibur. Tom and Ray say the external sensor isn't a big deal, but he should be a little concerned about blocking the radiator.
Karen's oil change guys say the axle clamps are leaking on her Subaru Outback. The dealership says it's not a big deal. Who should Karen believe? Tom and Ray say her dealership sounds lazy...but that doesn't mean that they're wrong! Read their advice to Karen, right here.
Russell uses his 2009 GMC Sierra to tow a 6500 pound trailer. His friends all say he's crazy to use the cruise control with something in tow but he can't find any cautions against this in the owner's manual. Tom and Ray say he should be fine as long as the area isn't hilly.
Andrew belongs to a car club and he leaves flyers on the windshields of cars that are the right make and model to benefit from the club's services. Fifteen years ago, new members would say they were happy to get the flyer; now the owners get upset if they catch Andrew in the act. What gives?
Doc wants Tom and Ray to settle a bet. He claims that a person can tell the difference between a Chevy and a Ford based on the sound the door makes when closing. His friends say he's nuts and a a large bar tab hangs in the balance. What will Tom and Ray decide?
Rachel wants to know how much it costs per mile to run a car. Her friends calculate the cost of by the cost of the gas used, but Rachel thinks they should also factor in wear and tear on the engine, maintenance, etc. Luckily, the IRS calculates this number every year.
Heat from the engine compartment in Daniel's 1979 Fiat Spider is giving him hot foot. On this car, there are so many possible culprits Tom and Ray don't know where to start. The catalytic converter could be running hot or it could be a bad fuel injector or a missing heat shield.
JamieLee loaned out her car and when she got it back it was leaking fluids and all the warning lights were flashing. The person she loaned it to denied doing anything wrong, but Tom and Ray say for this to happen on a relatively new car, the operator would have to have hit something.
Today: Tom and Ray hear from BJ who's having window problems with his Chrysler 300M. The window sticks when it's warm outside, and BJ lives in Florida. Tom suggests a hammer. Ray suggests driving northward and selling the car there. This and more questionable advice, right here.
Larry found a larger oil filter for his car and wonders if th extra oil capacity would help his engine in the long run. Tom and Ray say they've done similar work for customers who insist, but there are always dangers to improvising with the filter. Find out more, here.