Is Braking Etiquette Different for Hybrids and EVs?

10.21.2014

John has always hated those drivers who race to the stoplight and then slam on the brakes. It wastes gas and doesn't save any time. But for electric or hybrid cars with regenerative braking, is this really such a stupid maneuver? Find out what Tom and Ray say, right here.  

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Today: The Window That Wouldn't Quit

10.16.2014

Guy's power window motor just won't quit--even when the window is fully closed. Can Tom and Ray help Guy out before he loses the rest of his fingertips? Find out right here.

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Mazda3 MPG: USA vs. UK

10.14.2014

Robert was pretty excited about the 32 mpg his Mazda3 was getting until he talked to his brother-in-law in England, who told him that the U.K. version of this car gets almost twice that. Is Mazda holding out on us, or is there more to this story? 

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Valve Clearance Adjustments: Necessary Service or Dealership Scam?

10.09.2014

John's Honda dealer says it's time for the valve clearance adjustment on his 2006 Honda Element. Do Tom and Ray recommend this service? Find out right here. 

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Retired Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

10.07.2014

Lana has been loyal to reliable, affordable cars her whole life. Now that she's retired, she's thinking about getting something a bit more fun but she's afraid the repair bills might send her into shock. Can Tom and Ray recommend something that fits the bill? 

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Today: Hurricane Under the Hood?

10.02.2014

Devin's Volvo 850 GLT is making a sound like there's a hurricane under the hood. Will Tom and Ray be able to solve this one or should Devin consult a meteorologist? Find out right here.

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Should Lars Take the Free Engine?

09.30.2014

Acura has offered Lars a brand new engine in the hopes that it will fix his current car's oil guzzling problem. The car has no other issues. Should he accept Acura's offer? Tom and Ray's question to Lars: What are you waiting for?

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A Little Night Music

09.25.2014

The radio in Dennis's truck is turning itself on and off, even when the truck is parked and turned off overnight. Dennis suspects battery corrosion. Will Tom and Ray confirm his theory? 

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Is this Transmission Dishwasher-Safe?

09.23.2014

David wants Tom and Ray's permission to keep using the family dishwasher to clean his auto parts, but his wife and kids are crying "poison!" Is this an OK use for a home dishwasher--or will David find his major appliance privileges revoked?

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The Air-Bag Connector Fix: Check Your Work

09.18.2014

Doug's a mechanic and a customer's air-bag connector was damaged during a steering rack replacement. He fixed but now he wants to make sure he did it right. What do Tom and Ray suggest?

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Today: Why Does Nobody Make Little Trucks?

09.16.2014

Bryant wants a new truck but he's looking for something small, like those old Datsuns that used to be ubiquitous. Can Tom and Ray explain why nobody makes these anymore?

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Today: How to Handle a Stuck Accelerator

09.11.2014

Tom and Ray counsel Dan who got some bad information about what to do when an accelerator sticks. Great safety advice, plus some wild theorizing on why automakers decided to give up on keyed ignitions, right here.

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Did Radio Kill the Cruise Control?

09.09.2014

Connie drives in the mountains and discovered that when she hits the brakes, her radio reception improves. It also flashes the brake lights and disengages the cruise control. Are these things at all related? And can she fix anything under the hood to boost reception? Baseball games are riding on Tom and Ray's answer. 

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Today: What's a CHMSL and How Do We Fix It?

09.04.2014

The upper light cover on the back hatch of Brenda's Subaru Outback needs to be changed, but Brenda can't figure out how. This is the only fixture not covered by the owner's manual. Learn what's special about this particular light, and what any of this has to do with acronyms right here. 

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The Case of the Disappearing Oil

09.02.2014

Loretta's  2005 Chrysler Pacifica Touring is losing oil but it doesn't appear to be leaking or smoking. Can Tom and Ray solve this automotive mystery? 

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