Is thin in, when it comes to motor oils?

08.01.2006

What is the primary reason why car manufacturers have switched to lighter-weight oils? I've heard several explanations. But once and for all, what is the real reason for this change? I would feel truly blessed to receive your thoughts and...

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Today: Mrs. Ondrovic's class corrects Tom and Ray on an important matter.

08.01.2006

This is for Tom. In a recent column about batteries, my science teacher, Mrs. Ondrovic, pointed out six chemistry errors you made. First, you wrote "H2S." It should be "H2S." Next, you wrote "PB." The "P" stands for...

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Today: will a clean car actually get better mileage?

08.01.2006

A friend of mine says I am wrong, and I was hoping you would have the answer. Whenever I go on a long trip, I always wash and wax the car before I start, and as the bugs collect, I...

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Kai's neighbor's car is making a loud ticking noise. Is it about to break down?

08.01.2006

I am writing to you regarding my neighbor's car. I think it's about to break down. Now, normally I wouldn't care, but the thing is, I don't have a car, and my neighbor gives me a ride down to the...

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What's the right car for Jody and her Westies? Tom and Ray discuss the options, in today's letter to Car Talk.

08.01.2006

I am beginning to look for a new car, a minivan. I currently drive a 1999 Jeep Cherokee Sport, which I love, but I need something bigger (I do a lot of things with my Westies, and I need more space...

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Should Elvis the '96 Ford Explorer live on? Tom and Ray help Kris make a tough call.

08.01.2006

My wife and I own a 1996 Ford Explorer with 101,000 miles on it. We found out yesterday that the freeze plugs are corroded, on both sides and the back side of the block. We do not know if there is corrosion...

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Can Bill replace the wimpy horn on his '05 Civic, with something a little more manly?

08.01.2006

I have a 2005 Honda Civic EX special edition. It gets great mileage and looks sporty, though is rather tame. However, it has a positively wimpy horn. The horn is so bad that I am embarrassed to blow it, ever. I...

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How does AC really work? Today: Tom and Ray resolve a marital dispute.

08.01.2006

Please settle an argument between me and my wife. We have a 2005 Toyota Highlander with an "automatic air conditioner." You set the temperature and it maintains it. My wife contends that the AC works like a house AC, so that...

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Rosalie's got a 10-year-old car with less than 12,000 miles. So, why does she need to change the oil every six months?

08.01.2006

I have a question about cars with VERY low mileage. I have a 10-year-old car that has less than 12,000 miles. What maintenance should I be doing or not doing? I am told at the dealership that, due to the "time"...

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What's the safest car for Sheryl's mom? Tom and Ray review some five-star cars.

08.01.2006

My mother was in a single-car accident in a Buick Century that happened because she passed out. She had never been in an accident before and is not given to passing out. She hit the beginning of a guardrail. The...

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How did Trent get two large holes in his van's roof-- and what's the best way to fix them? Find out.

08.01.2006

I have a '92 GMC van that features a fiberglass roof. The problem is that the roof has two rather large holes in it due to a lower-than-perceived concrete support beam in my local shopping mall's parking garage. I need...

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