Elaina's Corolla has a strange problem--parts of it keep running even when the engine is shut off. She's taken it in to the dealer, but they can't find the source of the noises.
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Bill's wife's new car came without a spare tire. The salesman said this was pretty normal for newer cars, but Bill still worries about getting a flat. Tom and Ray think spare tires are going the way of the dinosaur, but they're not too concerned about it. Find out why not, right here.
Shannon smells gas when she starts up her 2004 Chevy Trailblazer. She's seen two mechanics and they say there's nothing to worry about, but she doesn't want to drive her kids to school in a fire-trap. Can Tom and Ray put her mind at ease?
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.
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.
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.