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.
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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!
Brad is starting a job at an auto-parts store and he wants Tom and Ray's advice to help him impress at work. Will Tom and Ray have any good advice for him? Or should Brad learn that asking Tom and Ray for job coaching, two guys who have made a career out of working as little as possible, was not a great idea?
David just got his car back from the shop after a front end alignment and now his steering wheel points right when the car is going straight. Tom and Ray think the mechanic should do the job again. Find out what else they suggest for David right here.
Joshua's driving instructor warned him that leaving a car unstarted for more than two weeks could corrode the fuel lines. Now Joshua's worried about all those new cars parked at dealerships across the country. Tom and Ray explain why car dealers don't bother to employ a staff person to start up each car in the lot once every few weeks.
Evelyn's grandon borrowed her car and when she got it back it was out of coolant. She loaned it to him again and now the entire engine needs to be replaced. Tom and Ray have some ideas for Evelyn and a few more ideas for her speed-demon grandson. Find out what they recommend, right here.
Today: What's a 4-foot-long snake doing in Al's engine compartment? Read Tom and Ray's hypothesis about how the barbecued boa managed to wiggle his way up there, plus some words of sympathy for the snake and the unfortunate mechanic who made the discovery.
Lynnay's mother is adamant that there is a right way to park, and equally adamant that Lynnay is doing it wrong. Tom and Ray explain how the transmission and the parking brake work together and weigh in on whether Lynnay is really destroying her transmission like mommy dearest says.
Mike's mechanic says his daughter will have to get a brand-new computer to fix the electrical problems on her 2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse. But Tom and Ray think getting a new computer for an old car makes no sense. Find out what they recommend.