Can Brad just go ahead and rip off that air dam?

06.01.2010

So the air dam on my '91 Chevy C1500 has taken a beating and is starting to come off. Rather than try to rig it back on or replace it, I want to simply remove it and be done with...

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Can Blair "trust but verify" her daughter's driving?

06.01.2010

I'm a concerned mom. Our spirited 16-year-old daughter will soon have her driver's license. We subscribe to the Reaganesque philosophy of "trust but verify" when it comes to raising teenagers. Is there a covert car-tracking device or service that you...

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Today: should you dress your car's belts?

06.01.2010

Belt dressings? Yes or no? I heard on your radio show this week not to spray belt dressings on serpentine belts. I recently was told TO use belt dressings on my serpentine belt by a mechanic. He said it would...

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Is paying for a post-diagnostic repair a rip-off?

06.01.2010

We recently took our 2001 VW Jetta to the dealer because the Check Engine light was on. After guessing at the solution (something about the code was vague), they charged us 280 dollars for diagnostics and to replace the air filter and...

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Is Elaine's partner driving her beloved VW a tad too aggressively?

06.01.2010

We are Americans living in England, and have a 2000 VW Beetle automatic that I named Betty. I hope you can settle a domestic argument for us (preferably by siding with me). The VW is my "baby," and until I started...

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Today: Tom and Ray ponder the now-famed "hummingbird" conundrum.

06.01.2010

In a recent column, you got the wrong answer to the "hummingbird" problem. Fifty years ago, my boss in an Air Force research laboratory used this problem to trick those who wanted to upgrade their "subprofessional" status to "professional." He...

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Today: Tom and Ray tag-team a stuck distributor.

06.01.2010

It was a rainy afternoon ... I had driven a couple of miles when the car stalled. I opened the hood and stared at the engine. What else is there to do? After 15 minutes and a few more tries, the engine...

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Just why did Judy's wheel fall off her Volvo?

06.01.2010

Two weeks ago while traveling down a city street, my car, a Volvo S80, suddenly swerved and almost flew into a lamppost. A man driving behind me said he saw the right front wheel come off just before the car...

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