Today: Don't Ignore the Tie Rod

07.30.2013

Bo's 1987 Honda Accord needs $750 worth of repair between a new C.V. boot and tie rod. But the car itself is barely worth that. What can he afford to ignore? Tom and Ray offer him a hands-on solution for the C.V. boot but insist that he fix the tie rod right away. 

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The Oil Change and the Overprotective Dad

07.25.2013

Joe's daughter wants to learn some car repairs and she wants her dear old dad to teach her. The problem? Joe's worried that  if she gets injured, he'll feel guilty for the rest of his life. Tom and Ray offer some basic safety tips but will it be enough to set Joe's mind at ease?

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Today: Hearing Aid vs. Warning Chime

07.23.2013

Gary got a new hearing aid, and now he wants to disconnect the warning chime on his beloved Ford F-150. Tom and Ray say the job should be pretty easy . . . for a highly trained bomb squad. Find out why this is so complicated, right here. 

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Husband Vs. Wife: The Grating Parking Brake

07.18.2013

Today, Carolyn writes in to ask Tom and Ray to settle a marital dispute. She hates the sound the parking brake makes when it engages. Carolyn's logic is that since you can avoid the the sound by holding in the release button while you engage the brake, this must be better for the car somehow. Her husband doesn't seem to care. Get Tom and Ray's verdict on this important topic, right here.

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Did a Loose Ground Ground Charlie's Ford Escape?

07.16.2013

Charlie took his Ford Escape on a cross-country trip and after stopping for gas on the way back, it refused to start back up. They had it towed to a service station where it miraculously started and behaved just fine for the rest of the trip. Now Charlie's wondering what went wrong and if it will happen again. Read Tom and Ray's advice for Charlie, right here. 

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Ann's Subaru Pops Out of Gear

07.11.2013

Ann's Subaru pops out of third gear but her dealer has no ideas for her. Tom and Ray have bad news for Ann. They've seen this problem before and it's not going to be cheap. Read their diagnosis right here.

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Today: To Ship or Not to Ship

07.09.2013

Richard is shipping an old car from New York to Arizona, for his son to use during grad school. But he's worried that the car won't pass inspection once it gets there. Is there a way to make sure, before he makes the investment? Tom and Ray say yes, and it doesn't even involve bribery! Their advice, right here. 

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Should Parking Brake Use Be a Habit?

07.04.2013

Kimi and her husband just bought a car with manual transmission for their son. They disagree about when it's necessary to set the parking brake so they've turned to Tom and Ray to settle the question. Tom offers this life advice: Floss your teeth, call your mother once a week and use your parking brake. 

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Today: CV Transmissions

07.02.2013

Pete's considering buying a new Honda but he's curious about the CV transmission. He's driven manuals and automatics for the last 50 years and isn't sure he's ready for something new. Tom and Ray explain how CVTs work, and encourage Pete to go for a test drive. 

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