Is it safe for Carol's knucklehead husband to drive over their soda cans?

11.01.2007

My husband Tom and I disagree on something, and he suggested I write to you for your opinion, as he reads your column faithfully. He likes to put empty soda cans under the tires of our vehicles, and then he...

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Should Barbara tweak her headrest, to make room for her long mane?

11.01.2007

I'm a member of a forum discussion board, the Long Hair Community. Which, of course, means that I have long hair (mine is past my waist). Anyway, one member mentioned that she removed the headrest from her driver's seat because...

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Will a lighter-weight oil improve fuel economy? Tom and Ray answer one 12-year-old's question.

11.01.2007

I am 12 years old and love your column and radio show so much! We have a 2006 Honda Fit. I heard one time on your show that if you use a lighter oil, you will get better mileage. Is that true? Will...

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Just what do those month ratings on a car battery mean, anyway?

11.01.2007

Summing up my Saturday:
-- Me (the boyfriend) to Her (the girlfriend): "Your car's not starting right; your battery may be going out." 
-- Her to Me: "When you have time, can you maybe fix it, please?" (Translation: "Before you...

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Today: the secret costs of owning an all-wheel-drive vehicle.

11.01.2007

I'm writing to you from hot and sunny Phoenix. My wife and I currently own a 2004 Subaru Forester. We bought an all-wheel-drive vehicle because we hope to be living someplace where it snows within the next few years. We love...

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Can an oil cap really, truly, shoot off your engine? Find out.

11.01.2007

I have a 2002 Daewoo wagon. (I'll pause here for your laughter.) I have owned it since it was new and have adequately maintained it, and it has just under 50,000 miles on it. Recently we took a trip, and because of...

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Is it loony to turn off your truck at every stop?

11.01.2007

I suppose it goes without saying that any father-in-law seems crazy to the son-in-law, and, perhaps more emphatically, the son-in-law seems crazy to the father-in-law (What? This thing hoodwinked my daughter, etc.?) But let me present a specific case that...

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What's causing Paul's stick-on-the-dash compass to go kablooey?

11.01.2007

I have a question for either car mechanics or geophysicists -- you decide. I often want to know in what direction I'm driving (plus I like gadgets). So I'll buy these stick-on-the-dash compasses. They seem OK when outside the vehicle...

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How do you save yourself, if you and your car wind up in the water?

11.01.2007

Recently, my Sunday ladies poker group was talking about last summer's bridge-collapse tragedy in Minneapolis. We were glad -- and amazed -- that so many people survived, especially the people who were in cars in the water. We wondered if...

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