Can Tom and Ray save Jane from the creeping insanity, brought on by the incessantly-beeping seat belt warning alarm?

09.01.2007

You guys are great, and my 6-year-old loves you, too. Please help me stay sane! I have a 14-year-old Honda Civic that runs great, even with 174,000 miles. My only problem is that the seat-belt warning light flashes and the warning...

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Today: is there a difference in the quality of gas, from one gas station to the next?

09.01.2007

My dear husband and I have entered into a heated debate about the quality of gas. My less-than-informed husband insists that gas from quick-stop-type gas stations is a lesser quality than that of the big oil companies. My supposition is...

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Why is the fan running in Brad's car, long after he's done driving? Auto-poltergeist... or something more earthly?

09.01.2007

Last night, my neighbor knocked on my door an hour after I got home. He asked me if I had left my car running for a reason. I told him that I had turned off the car and had the...

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Could John be on the verge of a free engine repair from Toyota due to "oil gelling?"?

09.01.2007

My wife's car is a 2001 Highlander with approximately 54,000 miles. About two years ago it began consuming oil and has gotten progressively worse. It has failed the last two emissions tests, the check-engine light comes on regularly and it produces...

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Does Karen really have to grin and bear the groans coming from her Jeep's brakes?

09.01.2007

I have a 2003 Jeep Liberty that groans so badly when I use the brakes, it causes people walking down the street to stop and stare. The noise seems to get louder when the weather is cold or damp. Living in...

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New diesels: they're not like the old diesels. Find out why.

09.01.2007

I commute 130 miles round trip and am thinking about buying a new diesel Volkswagen. I m worried about maintenance costs. I read that diesels make up less than 1 percent of the U.S. market, so will it be hard to...

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Today's class: ridding your car's air-conditioning ducts of dubious odors.

09.01.2007

How do you clean the air-conditioning ducts in your car? Thank you....

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Today: A reader throws down the gauntlet. See if Tom and Ray goofed in a recent column.

09.01.2007

Hey guys, I found an error in your otherwise good column. The subject was placement of weight in the trunk to make more-effective traction for a rear-wheel-drive car. You stated that the best place to put the weight is directly...

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Is Peri's dad right, and can those tires be worn all the way down to bald?

09.01.2007

Hey, guys! I need your help doing the unthinkable: proving my father wrong. I drive a 2003 Chevy Tahoe. I live in Atlanta and go to Georgia Tech, so most of my driving is city driving. With the constant stop and...

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