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.
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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.
Onofre's 1966 Ford Mustang starts fine but dies out whenever he shifts into gear. Tom and Ray diagnose a carburetor problem and offer some creative suggestions about how to find a mechanic with the right, er, qualifications to work on a carburetor.
Aaron sold his dream car to a friend after he found out his fiancée didn't like it. Turns out the friend's wife doesn't like it either. Aaron wants to buy it back from his friend and beg forgiveness later. Can Tom and Ray steer him away from this unwise course of action, or is Aaron destined to be sleep in his Saab after his wife shows him the door?
Trudy went in to have her clutch adjusted but her mechanic said it wasn't possible on her 2007 Toyota Matrix. Tom and Ray explain that most new clutches are "self-adjusting". Find out more about these hydraulic, self-adjusting clutches right here.