Today: Ken Gets Some Bad News

07.03.2014

The engine in Ken's 2004 Chevrolet Suburban keeps blowing spark plugs. He wonders what he and his mechanic have been doing wrong. Tom and Ray demonstrate the art of breaking bad news gently, right here. 

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Hali's '68 Chevy and the Bad Carburetor

07.01.2014

The carburetor on Hali's '68 Chevy pickup truck is spewing gas, but she can't find a mechanic who can help. The oldest mechanic she knows advised her to tap it with a hammer (which fixed the gas leak) but is officially retired, so can't help her rebuild the carburetor herself as she had hoped. Read Tom and Ray's suggestions for Hali, right here. 

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What's Shaking Brian's Jetta?

06.26.2014

Brian's 2005 VW Jetta has a wobble in the front-end suspension. He's checked pretty much everything, the CV joints and axles, the tie rods, the struts and mounts, the tires. Can Tom and Ray tell him what he forgot to look at?

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Today: It's Ann Against the Idlers

06.24.2014

Ann does not care for engine idling. From the line of parents waiting to pick up their kids at the school where she works, to her own husband, who recently 'fessed up to having a favorite parking spot where he sits, drinks his coffee and listens to music with the engine running, Ann is completely surrounded by idlers. Can Tom and Ray help Ann convince these people they're wasting money and damaging the environment? 

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Tom and Ray Tick Off the Engineers!

06.19.2014

Tom and Ray's column about jacking up a Ford F-150 by the "pumpkin" ticked off some engineers. Read their mea culpa right here. 

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Teenage Daughter Won't Drive

06.17.2014

Lari's daughter is 19 but still has not gotten her driver's license. Tom and Ray say there are two schools of thought on motivating reluctant teens, the "Not My Problem" or the "Actual Parenting" schools. Who do you agree with? 

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Husband to Blame for Bad Gas Mileage?

06.12.2014

Lois's husband gets terrible gas mileage when he drives, and Lois wants Tom and Ray to explain why. Her theory: That her husband's jackrabbit starts at lights are causing the drop in MPG. Whose side will Tom and Ray take? Find out here. 

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Today: Are Honda Brand Fluids Really Necessary?

06.10.2014

Stan's owners' manual insists that he use exclusively Honda fluids in his 2010 CR-V. Is there any truth to this claim, or is Honda just trying to send a couple of extra bucks to their dealerships? Tom and Ray's answer, right here. 

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Phil vs. Wife: Who's Right About ABS?

06.05.2014

Phil wants Tom and Ray to weigh in on a difference of opinion between himself and his wife. Tom says you're not supposed to pump the brakes when you have an anti-lock braking system, but his wife says she heard on MythBusters that it's safe. Find out how anti-lock braking systems work, right here. 

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Today: The Broken Trunk Latch

06.03.2014

Eric's brother can't get the trunk on his 2007 Toyota Corolla to open. They've tried opening it from the inside, but to no avail. Tom and Ray say they might have been missing two key elements for successful car repair. Find out what those are, and what Eric should do next, right here.

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What's Wrong with Phil's Jeep Wrangler?

05.29.2014

Phil needs help diagnosing the problem with his 1997 Jeep Wrangler. It runs fine until he hits 60mph, and then it starts to sputter. He's changed the fuel filter, tried out a fuel-injector additive and switched to high octane gasoline but nothing's worked. Tom and Ray suggest the one thing he hasn't tried -- calling a mechanic. 

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Today: Arch's Camper Compromise

05.27.2014

Arch and his wife are getting ready to retire and they want to see the sights. They're hoping to find a compromise vehicle that makes up for the having fewer comforts and features than a full-sized RV with better gas mileage and drivability. Can Tom and Ray recommend the right ride? 

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Today in Bogus: Transmission Preservation

05.22.2014

Today: David wants Tom and Ray to set the record straight on some bizarre driving behavior from the past. In high school, he used to cruise around with his friend in the friend's dad's '73 lime green Ford Pinto. The dad insisted that the kid use first and third gears on odd numbered days and second and fourth on the even numbered days, which he insisted would double the life of the transmission. Where does this fall on the scale of one to completely BoOoOoOgus?  

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Jeannie Needs a New Car: Husband Needs Convincing

05.20.2014

Jeannie's husband wants to keep their 2002 Toyota Sienna with 260,000 miles until it dies, but Jennie's worried she'll be the one driving it when it finally goes--and worse, she'll be on a lonely stretch of highway when it's 30 degrees below.Tom and Ray have lots of ideas for Jeannie, from rational economic and safety-based arguments to more underhanded means of persuasion. Read them all right here.

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Why Does Grover's Truck Run at Random?

05.15.2014

Grover has a 1999 GMC Sierra that spends most of its time parked in the garage until deer season. The problem? Whenever Grover or his wife are in the garage, they hear something running, like a pump of some kind. Can Tom and Ray explain why the parts of the truck are running when parked? Find out what they say, right here. 

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