More Air Conditioning Myths

07.26.2012

Someone once told David never to turn on the Air Conditioner at highway speeds, and he's been faithfully following this advice for 40 years. Now he worries that he's got it all wrong. Can Tom and Ray explain what's really going on when you fire up the AC? 

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Today: Will AC-Misuse Destroy This Marriage?

07.24.2012

Heat makes Skip cranky, but his wife won't turn on the AC until the car has "warmed up". Can Tom and Ray set them straight?

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Will Coolant Help This Hot Engine?

07.20.2012

Josh's engine is running hot and he wonders if adding coolant will solve the problem. Will this cheap fix work, or is he about to get some bad (and expensive) news from Tom and Ray?

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Today: Is Tucson's Heat Too Much for Elizabeth's Buick?

07.16.2012

Elizabeth just moved to Tucson, AZ, and she wants to invest in a sunshade to protect her 1986 Buick Skylark from the hot desert sun. Her mother advises that they build a gazebo or a carport to protect it, while her husband votes for a "reflective cover thingy".  Elizabeth wants Tom and Ray to cast the tie-breaking vote. 

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Should Steve Keep His "Chick Car"?

07.12.2012

Steve was shocked to discover that his red Honda del Sol is a "chick car". Can Tom and Ray convince him to be secure enough in his masculinity to face the (adorable) facts about this car? Plus Tom shares one of the lesser-known benefits for men who drive "chick" cars. Find out why Tom and Ray think Steve should drive his del Sol with pride, right here. 

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Today: The Air Force Bent Bryony's BMW

07.10.2012

Bryony was driving to her job on an Air Force base when the troops manning the gate accidentaly raised the security barrier and damaged her car. She's worried that this bent the frame. Tom and Ray answer her question and have some bonus advice for Bryony about how to make her future dealings with Air Force security go more smoothly.

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Today: When to Replace Brake Rotors

07.06.2012

Ed's wondering about brake jobs--how do you know whether to replace the rotors, pads or both? Tom and Ray cover all the bases in their reply, starting with the history of brake pad materials, what's used most often in modern cars, and even make a prediction about the future of used brake rotors. 

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Who's Right About Fog Lights?

07.03.2012

Fred thinks his brother-in-law's constant headlight use is dangerous and annoying to other drivers, not to mention destroying his gas mileage. Not ones to pass up on a brotherly dispute, Tom and Ray jump into the fray. Should Fred back down, or  will Tom and Ray give him the green light to keep hassling his poor brother-in-law?

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What Does This Thing Do? Chin Spoiler Edition

06.28.2012

Tom's wife ran over a tree limb (no, not that Tom!) after it fell off a truck right in front of her. The car was undamaged except for the black plastic part under the front bumper, which had to be removed. Tom's question: what the heck was that thing, and is it important? Find out what the brothers Magliozzi have to say on the subject of chin spoilers, right here.

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Today: Can Richard Make His Son Slow Down?

06.26.2012

Richard's son drives too fast. With speeding tickets, fast starts and sudden braking, Richard is worried that he may be doing permanent damage to the car. Tom and Ray agree, but will they help him out? After all, they need customers like Richard's son--how else could mechanics make their boat payments each month? 

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Today: Which Car Is Safer For Winter Driving?

06.21.2012

Angela has her eye on a new Subaru Impreza but her husband thinks that her older Jeep Cherokee's size makes it a safer bet for winter driving. Can Tom and Ray resolve this marital dispute? 

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Today: Annie's New Husband Is Running On Empty

06.19.2012

Annie's soon-to-be husband is perfect except for one unnerving habit: he refuses to fill up before the gas light comes on. Annie has heard that coasting into the station on fumes can be bad for the fuel pump. Can Tom and Ray help her make her case? 

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Today: Synthetic Oil Myths

06.14.2012

Richard is considering switching to synthetic oil but the sales clerk warned him that once he goes synthetic, he'll damage his engine if he tries to go back to regular or even blended oil. Tom and Ray think this is a bunch of baloney. Read their highly plausible explaination right here. 

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John's Electric Car Road Trip: Bogus or Brilliant?

06.12.2012

John has an idea to help fully electric cars go the distance on road trips: pack your own generator. Will this actualy work, or will Tom and Ray send him back to the drawing board?

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Is Mouse Eviction a Mechanic's Job?

06.07.2012

Sam's mechanic spotted a mouse nest inside his engine during an oil change. Sam was surprised to find the nest still intact when he picked up his van after the service. Should the mechanic have removed the nest? Tom and Ray weigh in on rodent eviction and more, right here.

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