Today: Tom and Ray advise Byr who wants to know if it's a good idea to buy a used car from a rental agency. Tom and Ray say: sometimes. Find out which cars a buyer should avoid, right here.
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Maria needs Tom and Ray's help to convince her husband that it's important to actually grip the steering wheel while driving. Her husband prefers a more hands-off approach, but he says he'll keep both hands on the wheel if Maria can find some statistics proving this is safer. Can Tom and Ray say anything to convince this guy of the error of his ways?
Arlon has driven Lincoln Navigators for years and he has noticed a trend: The wheels are getting bigger and the sidewalls are getting smaller. Since this makes the ride worse, he wants to know what gives. Tom and Ray explain why you can get away with this on a Navigator, but shouldn't risk it with a smaller car.
Joseph's 2013 Prius had an unusual problem. Then it had another. And another. Weeks and many problems later, his mechanci said the car's computer was "talking to itself." Just how complicated are these cars, anyway? Tom and Ray have good news and bad news for Jospeh. Read it here.
Steve is hoping to lease a car that will forgive him for not starting it very often. He's looking at the Mercedes-Benz S65, Bentley Flying Spur or Audi S8. Can Tom and Ray recommend something that will start up after weeks of inactivity, after three weeks of say, glamping in Botswana?
The carburetor on Hali's '68 Chevy pickup truck is spewing gas, but she can't find a mechanic who can help. The oldest mechanic she knows advised her to tap it with a hammer (which fixed the gas leak) but is officially retired, so can't help her rebuild the carburetor herself as she had hoped. Read Tom and Ray's suggestions for Hali, right here.
Ann does not care for engine idling. From the line of parents waiting to pick up their kids at the school where she works, to her own husband, who recently 'fessed up to having a favorite parking spot where he sits, drinks his coffee and listens to music with the engine running, Ann is completely surrounded by idlers. Can Tom and Ray help Ann convince these people they're wasting money and damaging the environment?
Phil wants Tom and Ray to weigh in on a difference of opinion between himself and his wife. Tom says you're not supposed to pump the brakes when you have an anti-lock braking system, but his wife says she heard on MythBusters that it's safe. Find out how anti-lock braking systems work, right here.