Today: What's a CHMSL and How Do We Fix It?

09.04.2014

The upper light cover on the back hatch of Brenda's Subaru Outback needs to be changed, but Brenda can't figure out how. This is the only fixture not covered by the owner's manual. Learn what's special about this particular light, and what any of this has to do with acronyms right here. 

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The Case of the Disappearing Oil

09.02.2014

Loretta's  2005 Chrysler Pacifica Touring is losing oil but it doesn't appear to be leaking or smoking. Can Tom and Ray solve this automotive mystery? 

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Today: Is Car Safe Without Sway Bar?

08.28.2014

The sway bar was dangling from Claude's stepson's car, so the mechanic removed it. Tom and Ray say the car is safe to drive, but the mechanic should have worked a little harder to keep the bar. Find out why, right here.

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Manual vs. Automatic: Which Gets Better Mileage?

08.26.2014

Barbara grew up knowing that manual transmissions got better gas milage than automatics. But dealers are telling her now automatics have the edge. Can Tom and Ray set the record straight?

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Today: A Man, a Plan, a Can of Sardines

08.21.2014

A prank is in the works. Will Tom and Ray help K.J. out with "Operation Sardine Can?" Find out here.

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What's Ailing Nancy's Gauges?

08.20.2014

The gauges in Nancy's 2000 Nissan Xterra keep freezing up. Tom and Ray have a diagnosis for Nancy. Find out what they say (and why she's not going to like it) right here.

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Today: The Right Tool for Mounting Tires?

08.12.2014

David goes through a lot of tires, so he mounts them himself using a lug wrench. He's ready to upgrade to the right tools, if the right tools are $50 or less. Tom and Ray say $50 isn't going to get him what he needs. Find out what's involved in mounting a tire, right here. 

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Today: Fan is Stuck on High

08.07.2014

The fan in Lindsay's 2005 Hyundai Sonata blows full blast, even when it's set to Off. The heat and AC still work. Tom and Ray say she can either fix her fan the right way, or take the cheap and easy way out--using paperweights to keep her stuff from blowing away.

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Rainy Day Mathematics

08.05.2014

Tim's noticed that he has to run his windshield wipers at a faster rate when in motion than he does when waiting at a light, and wants to know why. Tom and Ray say his question can be solved with calculus. Are they qualified to perform these advanced mathematical calculations? Find out here. 

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Oil Light vs. Dipstick: Which is More Accurate?

07.31.2014

The oil light came on in Scott's 1985 Mercury Grand Marquis, but when he checked the levels himself, they appeared to be fine. Find out which indicator Scott should believe, and why Tom and Ray say he should pony up the extra cash to get the sensor fixed, right here. 

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Today: A Good Time for a Second Opinion

07.29.2014

Donna's Toyota Sienna has been diagnosed with a $4800 repair. How can this be necessary at such low miles and given that Donna drives "like an old lady?" Tom and Ray think the estimate sounds high. Find out what Donna should do, right here.

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Should Byr Buy a Former Rental?

07.24.2014

Today: Tom and Ray advise Byr who wants to know if it's a good idea to buy a used car from a rental agency. Tom and Ray say: sometimes. Find out which cars a buyer should avoid, right here.

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Hands-Free Driving?

07.22.2014

Maria needs Tom and Ray's help to convince her husband that it's important to actually grip the steering wheel while driving. Her husband prefers a more hands-off approach, but he says he'll keep both hands on the wheel if Maria can find some statistics proving this is safer. Can Tom and Ray say anything to convince this guy of the error of his ways? 

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The Incredible Shrinking Sidewalls

07.17.2014

Arlon has driven Lincoln Navigators for years and he has noticed a trend: The wheels are getting bigger and the sidewalls are getting smaller. Since this makes the ride worse, he wants to know what gives. Tom and Ray explain why you can get away with this on a Navigator, but shouldn't risk it with a smaller car.

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Does Joseph's Prius Need a Mechanic? Or a Therapist?

07.15.2014

Joseph's 2013 Prius had an unusual problem. Then it had another. And another. Weeks and many problems later, his mechanci said the car's computer was "talking to itself." Just how complicated are these cars, anyway? Tom and Ray have good news and bad news for Jospeh. Read it here. 

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