Today: Tom and Ray settle an unintended-acceleration dispute.

07.01.2010

With all the news about uncontrolled acceleration, my wife has decided that she wants to be prepared in case it ever happens to her. We know the proper thing to do is shift the automatic transmission into neutral. To get...

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Today: A car purchase that clearly was meant to be.

07.01.2010

My grandmother once owned a 1963 Rambler. It was the only car she ever had -- my grandfather bought it for her the year I was born (the car was brand new, and so was I!). She had that car until...

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Does Bill's Subaru really need a new timing belt?

07.01.2010

A few months ago, our local Subaru dealership determined that our Impreza needed a new engine, and that it would be covered by the factory warranty. Since the engine was replaced, we've put 7,000 more miles on the car. Now they...

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Today: does revving an engine cause damage?

07.01.2010

My wife and I live out in Southern California and have some ... well, to be polite, interesting neighbors in our condo complex. One couple in particular is very proud of the Porsche 911 Carrera they're leasing. The car probably is a...

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Today: phone apps that keep your kid from driving and dialing.

07.01.2010

A few weeks ago, we answered a question from Blair, the mother of a 16-year-old girl, who wanted to find a device that would help her keep track of her "spirited" daughter's driving...

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Eileen gets a nasty air bag surprise.

07.01.2010

I hope you can help me. My rear passenger side air bag deployed, along with the passenger side mid bag and the window shield. There was no impact. I was moving at 35-40 mph on a smooth road with no...

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Is there any hope for Mark's failing Sienna van?

07.01.2010

The transaxle differential bearing on my '98 Toyota Sienna van is growling like a cat in the vet's office. This has been going on for about 5,000 miles now. Lately it has become more intense -- just like the cat does...

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Today: why Rachel's dad should be allowed to drive his cars hard.

07.01.2010

Could you please settle an ongoing discussion that my family has had for years? On one side is my mother, my six sisters and me (that is not a typo; I really am one of seven girls. The baby is ...

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Why do manufacturers still use drum brakes? Find out.

07.01.2010

All of the cheapest cars these days seem to have drum brakes on the rear instead of disc brakes. But drum brakes have more parts than disc brakes, and are much harder to assemble (I know from experience). You'd think...

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