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Did a Loose Ground Ground Charlie's Ford Escape?

Charlie took his Ford Escape on a cross-country trip and after stopping for gas on the way back, it refused to start back up. They had it towed to a service station where it miraculously started and behaved just fine for the rest of the trip. Now Charlie's wondering what went wrong and if it will happen again. Read Tom and Ray's advice for Charlie, right here. 

Today: Car Fires on the Horizon

Judy's turn signal malfunctioned and when it did she saw a wisp of smoke coming out of her Ford Explorer's steering column. She's worried that if she ignores the problem, the whole car will eventually go up in flames. Find out what Tom and Ray recommend right here.

Is it possible for turn signals to fail intermittently?

The blinkers on Terry's beat-up 1995 Volvo 850 have stopped working for her...but they still work for her husband! Is this a case of failed electronics or operator error?

Copper Theft: Are EV Charging Stations the Next Target?

Copper thieves cost the nation as much as $1 billion a year, and the electric grid infrastructure is one of their biggest targets. What's going to happen when copper-rich charging cables for public EV charging stations are located out in plain sight?

Today: Eli and the impudent coil wire.

Hi My name is Eli and I have a quick question for you I live in North Carolina I'm a teenager and I am a mechanic's assistant I've been working in the shop for about a month now so I'm...

Is Sutton's 2003 VW Jetta sentient?

My 2003 VW Jetta hates my husband. Granted, he deserves it. He drove my car over a traffic island and messed up the wheel rims; he tore out the oil pan and then drove till the engine seized up; and he...

Why's the battery in Tim's VW dying such a sudden death?

I purchased a new 2010 VW CC, and the car has 5,000 miles on it. During a long weekend, I left the car unused for four days, and the battery died. There were no lights on or external power drains. On Tuesday...

Tom and Ray help one reader get "Sirius" about a radio problem.

I have a 1997 Ford Aspire, and I can't plug in my Sirius Satellite Radio adapter because my car lighter does not work. I changed all the fuses -- and got some other stuff working, but not the cigarette lighter. What...

This Jeep Cherokee is blowing fuses like crazy. Help!

I have run into a problem with my 1993 Jeep Cherokee Sport. Something is causing the fuse that serves the power door locks, radio, cigar lighter and dome light to blow. You put in a new fuse, and it blows before...

What could be causing this Plymouth Laser to start automatically?

Our Plymouth Laser starts automatically It has happened twice once in the rain in the middle of the night and once in sunshine in the middle of the day When this happens we cannot shut it off with the ignition...


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