After two hours on the highway, the floor and underside of the middle seat are hot to the touch in Beth's Honda Odyssey. Her mechanic says as long as nothing is glowing there's no problem. Tom and Ray disagree and think Beth's right to be worried.
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John manages an RV park and he wonders why his guests run their engines for 30 minutes before they roll out each morning. Tom has a few choice words for these folks (see above). And Ray explains why this is not only unnecessary, it can actually cause damage to the engines of the RVs.
Stewart's buying a new Ram Laramie and has to choose between 20" and 17" wheels. He wants whichever will give him the best mileage as he tows a 7500 pound trailer. And whichever will be easiest for his wife and dog (who both have short legs) to get in and out of.
Atom's Jeep Liberty is losing time and he's worried that it might be a sign of a bigger problem with the vehicle. Tom and Ray say it's a sure sign of a bigger problem--Chrysler used cheap parts. Atom's best solution is an oldie, but a goodie.
Karen's 2000 Toyota Corolla is running still fine, but the paint is peeling off. Tom and Ray explain why this happens to certain model years and lay out a range of options, each one lower-cost and more aesthetically questionable than the last. Find out what they suggest, right here.
Maurice is loving the great mileage he's getting in his Chevy Volt. He wonders if he can improve things further if he reduces weight by keeping the gas tank almost empty. Tom and Ray think this might technically improve mileage, but by such a small amount that it's not worth the risk.
Tom and Ray counsel a nervous Honda Fit owner who's been advised not to park his car in the garage until a fire-causing defect is repaired. How worried should he be? Tom and Ray say it's possible he can ignore the warnin. For example, if he's been wanting an excuse to remodel his garage...