Can a loose spark plug really cause $2,000 in damage?

05.01.2009

Last night, my car, a 2001 Volkswagen Jetta, was in perfect working order when I parked it at the movie theater. When I came out two hours later and started the car, I heard a "pop" sound, and the engine sounded...

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Can a loose spark plug really cause two thousand dollars of damage?

05.01.2009

Last night, my car, a 2001 Volkswagen Jetta, was in perfect working order when I parked it at the movie theater. When I came out two hours later and started the car, I heard a "pop" sound, and the engine sounded...

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Today: Tom and Ray help Rachel reel in a mechanic-- for a date!

05.01.2009

If a mechanic is not wearing a wedding ring, is that a true indication of his marital status? I think my mechanic is HOT, but I'm wondering if he doesn't wear a ring because working on cars would destroy it...

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Why would the screen in Barbara's Prius go kaput?

05.01.2009

I am a proud grandma and a disappointed and angry owner of a 2006 Toyota Prius. The proud grandma part is this: My precious grandchildren made me some small clay decorations, which I proudly displayed on my dashboard -- a 2-inch...

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What's causing the haze on the windows of Wade's Acura?

05.01.2009

Last year we bought our teenage son a 1989 Acura Legend coupe. It has been a great car, even though it's pushing 140,000 miles now. We've had to repair a few things here and there, but there is one thing that has...

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Can James get over a bad case of Junk Box Conflation Syndrome?

05.01.2009

I am having a serious case of separation anxiety from my old car. In truth, I believe I am still in love with it. I thought maybe you two could help me out. My old car was a 1989 Jeep Cherokee...

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Today: solutions for Jean-Marie's slow-leaking tire.

05.01.2009

I have a 2000 Toyota Sienna van. My van tires lose air on a regular basis. The tire-trouble indicator on the dash is on most of the time. The front desk personnel -- who have had some mechanical training -- say...

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Today: Tom and Ray settle a confounding physics conundrum.

05.01.2009

Once, on a very long, boring trip, my passenger and I were reduced to asking each other dumb questions. We came upon one question that we couldn't settle. Imagine that I'm driving along at highway speed with the air conditioner...

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Today: why first gear matters. A lot.

05.01.2009

My wife and I recently bought a 5-speed Saturn VUE. Whenever she comes to a complete stop, she puts the car in second gear and takes off in second gear. When I ask her why she does that, she says...

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