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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Today: Is Car Safe Without Sway Bar?

08.28.2014

The sway bar was dangling from Claude's stepson's car, so the mechanic removed it. Tom and Ray say the car is safe to drive, but the mechanic should have worked a little harder to keep the bar. Find out why, right here.

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Manual vs. Automatic: Which Gets Better Mileage?

08.26.2014

Barbara grew up knowing that manual transmissions got better gas milage than automatics. But dealers are telling her now automatics have the edge. Can Tom and Ray set the record straight?

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Today: A Man, a Plan, a Can of Sardines

08.21.2014

A prank is in the works. Will Tom and Ray help K.J. out with "Operation Sardine Can?" Find out here.

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What's Ailing Nancy's Gauges?

08.20.2014

The gauges in Nancy's 2000 Nissan Xterra keep freezing up. Tom and Ray have a diagnosis for Nancy. Find out what they say (and why she's not going to like it) right here.

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Today: The Right Tool for Mounting Tires?

08.12.2014

David goes through a lot of tires, so he mounts them himself using a lug wrench. He's ready to upgrade to the right tools, if the right tools are $50 or less. Tom and Ray say $50 isn't going to get him what he needs. Find out what's involved in mounting a tire, right here. 

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Today: Fan is Stuck on High

08.07.2014

The fan in Lindsay's 2005 Hyundai Sonata blows full blast, even when it's set to Off. The heat and AC still work. Tom and Ray say she can either fix her fan the right way, or take the cheap and easy way out--using paperweights to keep her stuff from blowing away.

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