Did Frank's Wife Pay Too Much?

08.23.2012

Frank's wife had the battery repalaced in their 1986 Honda Accord but now Frank worries that the shop ripped her off. Tom and Ray say the shop was definitely honest, but Frank still might have paid too much. Find out why, right here.

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Today: Manual Transmission Myths Debunked

08.21.2012

When Nina was learning to drive, her dear old dad advised her to always buy manual transmissions. But now, Nina's tired of all that shifting. Does she have Tom and Ray's blessing to go automatic?

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Family Feud: When To Add Engine Oil?

08.16.2012

Can Tom and Ray settle a dispute about engine oil between Richard and his father-in-law? Plus, some wild theorizing about why dipsticks are marked the way they are. 

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Vintage Mustang Needs a Vintage Mechanic

08.14.2012

Onofre's 1966 Ford Mustang starts fine but dies out whenever he shifts into gear. Tom and Ray diagnose a carburetor problem and offer some creative suggestions about how to find a mechanic with the right, er, qualifications to work on a carburetor. 

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Today: It's Me or the Saab

08.09.2012

Aaron sold his dream car to a friend after he found out his fiancée didn't like it. Turns out the friend's wife doesn't like it either. Aaron wants to buy it back from his friend and beg forgiveness later. Can Tom and Ray steer him away from this unwise course of action, or is Aaron destined to be sleep in his Saab after his wife shows him the door?

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Why Can't Trudy Adjust Her Clutch?

08.06.2012

Trudy went in to have her clutch adjusted but her mechanic said it wasn't possible on her 2007 Toyota Matrix. Tom and Ray explain that most new clutches are "self-adjusting". Find out more about these hydraulic, self-adjusting clutches right here.  

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Today: Ken Wonders When to Change the Shocks

08.02.2012

Ken wants to know how he can tell when he needs to get new shocks. It turns out there are many variables to consider. Read Tom and Ray's highly unscientific calculations right here, plus a test that you can try at home. 

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Rob's Self-Inflating Tire Problem

07.31.2012

The tire-pressure warning lights on Rob's Infiniti FX35 have been acting up but he can't convince his mechanic to take the problem seriously. Will Tom and Ray belive Rob's version or is there more to the story?

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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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