The 4Runner that's not 4turning

06.30.2016

Winter is coming, and Luis finds that it's a stark reminder that he'll have steering problems. But is his mechanic giving him a snow job?

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Newer Engines Are Packing More Ponies

06.28.2016

Gary asks a great question: are today's engines producing more power per liter, or have horsepower ratings changed? Ray explains how even the most mundane modern cars produce impressive power.

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Avoiding the time suck of a stuck spark plug

06.23.2016

It took Dan three and a half days to change his spark plugs because of one fussy coil pack. What turned this simple job into an epic quest for fire?

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Built-in GPS can't hold a candle to Google Maps

06.21.2016

Even though Phil's Jag is behind in navigation features, he could still win the technology race. 

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Help! My Tank Keeps Getting Rear-Ended!

06.16.2016

Paige has been rear-ended twice in an older pickup truck and it's getting old---not just the truck, but the accidents. What can newer vehicles offer that are better than the faithful old tank she's driving now?

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Picking the Smartest Line May be Dumb

06.14.2016

A reader asks if picking a line like a race car driver on the interstate saves gas. 

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Can Gasoline "Go Bad" in Hybrids?

06.09.2016

If your hybrid doesn't use the engine much, is it possible for the gasoline to "go bad" over time? Ray injects some know-how into the question.

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A Noisy Honda Has Maggie Stumped

06.07.2016

A mysterious horn-like sound has Maggie and the mechanics baffled. We sound off on the matter.

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When is Replacing An Air Filter a Dirty Sales Trick?

06.01.2016

Gary's mechanic says his air filter is filthy after only 5,000 miles. Is this possible--or a sales gimmick?

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Testing a Broken Windshield Hypothesis

05.31.2016

Alex is looking for a scientific explanation for three cracked windshields in the family Sienna. 

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Is Battery Life a Deal-Breaker on a Prius?

05.26.2016

Lois wants a new Prius and needs to know if the battery will go the distance. 

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Applying Some Smarts to a Failed Fortwo Repair

05.24.2016

Is Bonnie's Smart dealership giving her the runaround when it comes to fixing her runabout? 

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The Mysterious "We'll Just Clean It Up For You" Part of Car Buying

05.19.2016

You've plunked down your money on the new car, and now the dealer says that they're "getting it ready for you". What's reallly going on back there? 

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What -- or Who -- Is Stealing This Toyota's Fuel?

05.16.2016

Anne's RAV 4 is getting lousy gas mileage. Could the fuel system be the culprit, or something more simple?

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What -- or Who -- Is Stealing This Toyota's Fuel?

05.16.2016

Anne's RAV 4 is getting lousy gas mileage. Could the fuel system be the culprit, or something more simple?

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