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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Today: Did Craig's Nissan Dealer Bait and Switch?

06.05.2012

Craig's dealer offered him a lifetime of free oil changes for his new Nissan Juke. But when he showed up for the first oil change, it turned out not to be quite as "free" as advertised. How would Tom and Ray handle this slippery dealer? 

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Birthday Gifts for the VWBus-Obsessed

05.31.2012

Carlin needs Tom and Ray's help choosing a gift for her boyfriend who will turn 40 this year. The birthday boy has a '71 VW Bus that needs repair and she wants to give something that will help with that project. Can Tom and Ray think of the perfect present?

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Today: What's the Resale Value of Discontinued Cars?

05.29.2012

Kaelin wants to buy a Honda Element, but is worried that it will be hard to resell since Honda discontinued the model. Tom and Ray think the Element is the perfect choice for her. Can they convince her to stop treating this car like an investment?

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Hailstorm Dents: Is This Repair Necessary?

05.24.2012

A hailstorm dented Dan's family cars. The repairs are covered by his insurance company, but Dan wants Tom and Ray's blessing to keep the dents and use the money for something else. Can dents be dangerous, or is this repair optional? 

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What Caused Kathi's Surprise Breakdown?

05.22.2012

Kathi's used Honda Civic just experienced a major breakdown, and neither Kathi's mechanic nor the the previous owner's mechanic is willing to accept the blame. Can she get one of them to 'fess up? 

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