Tom and Ray help Kara with an interesting business proposition.

08.01.2010

I am interested in purchasing a vintage/classic ice-cream truck such as the Divco for a new, gourmet-ice-cream truck venture. I have found rusted, inoperable trucks for 2,000 dollars and restored trucks for as much as 25,000 dollars. My first question is...

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What to do when the washer fluid goes astray?

08.01.2010

My aunt called me the other day and said she had trouble trying to find the place where you put more windshield-washer fluid. She told me the only cover she found was one that said "Coolant." You guessed it --...

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Is that nagging brake light a big deal for Emma?

08.01.2010

I remember listening to your radio show, "Car Talk," with my parents when I was a little kid, and hearing my mom say about a billion times that one of you had the same kind of car she had. That...

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Can driving be good exercise? Jack thinks so.

08.01.2010

I wonder if you can settle an ongoing dispute that I have with my wife. She is an avid walker and an exercise freak. She wants me to join her on these power walks and different exercise activities. I constantly...

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Is a dream car from high school a good idea today?

08.01.2010

I graduated from high school in 1963, and my dream car was the 1963 Studebaker Avanti. Well, life got in the way, and I never realized my dream of owning an Avanti. I recently have been going on eBay to find Avantis...

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Today: why engine oil has gotten lighter in recent years.

08.01.2010

I recently was advised to use a much lighter weight of oil than I am used to using. I was told I should use 5-20 weight oil in my 2007 Pontiac Solstice convertible. I grew up in Minnesota, where this was...

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Is jump-starting a lawnmower a wise idea? Find out.

08.01.2010

This question isn't about a specific car, but is a general equipment question. Of course, during the winter, my riding lawn mower has gotten no driving time, and thus the battery has died. I was wondering if it is safe...

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Headlights on during daylight hours? See what Tom and Ray say.

08.01.2010

I enjoy your column every week. In our cars, the headlights turn off automatically when we exit the vehicle, so there's no danger of leaving the lights on and draining the battery. So my wife and I just leave...

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Why's the battery in Tim's VW dying such a sudden death?

08.01.2010

I purchased a new 2010 VW CC, and the car has 5,000 miles on it. During a long weekend, I left the car unused for four days, and the battery died. There were no lights on or external power drains. On Tuesday...

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