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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Today: The Difference Between Highway and Off-road Miles?

05.13.2014

Mike and his family live in Doha, Qatar and his wife's daily commute could be made a lot shorter and a lot less stressful if she were willing to do three miles off-road each way. But she's worried that the off-road driving will cause premature wear and tear. Tom and Ray explain the difference in wear and tear for highway miles versus off-road miles, right here, but suspect that Mike has misdiagnosed the real problem: that his wife hates the bumpy off-road ride. 

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Today: How to Roll-Start a Diesel Engine?

05.08.2014

Bobby wants to know if he can roll-start his diesel-powered car by engaging a higher gear and popping the clutch. Tom and Ray say every vehicle is dfferent so he'd have to experiment to figure out which gear he'd want to use at what speed. They also have some exciting news for Bobby about a new invention that makes this method of starting cars unnecessary. Find out what it is, right here.

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Today: What's Causing Ahmad's CR-V to Stall?

05.06.2014

Ahmad's 1998 CR-V is melting catalytic converters and stalling every 25 miles or so. Aside from that, he insists "the car runs great." His shop has already tried almost everything and the dealership is stumped too. Tom and Ray point out that no one has tried accupuncture yet. Will they be able to come up with any real advice for Ahmad? Find out here. 

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What's Making Jillian's Corolla Shake?

05.02.2014

Jillian loves her Corolla but it has one problem--an annoying vibration that happens whenever the car is stopped with the brake engaged. Her mechanic has tried everything and is now stumped. Tom and Ray suspect the problem may be so simple her mechanic is overlooking it. Find out what's causing this and how she can fix it, right here.

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Tire Shop vs. Owner's Manual: Which is Right?

04.29.2014

Mike's owner's manual for his Ford F-150 specifically says not to jack up the truck by its rear differential when changing a tire. But when Mike took the truck in to the tire shop, that's exactly what the guys did. Find out why Tom and Ray say the shop is allowed to ignore the owner's manual here. 

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What Happened to Tamerlyn's Transmission?

04.24.2014

One of Tamerlyn's transmission lines blew out and she wants to know why. Tom and Ray first offer their condolences, and then explain how these lines work, and what can cause them to fail, right here. 

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Today: How to Get Grease Stains Out of Clothes

04.22.2014

Kenneth does his own car repairs and wants to be prepared for the inevitable moment where he accidentally wipes his greasy mitts on his pants. Tom and Ray's degreasing recommendations, this way.

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Counting Mileage: A Case of Prius Syndrome

04.17.2014

Today Tom and Ray counsel Pat through a case of "Prius Syndrome." Ever since getting his Prius, Pat has become obsessed with mileage but he's noticed that the dashboard reports that he's doing 3-4 mpg better than his old fashioned pencil and paper calculations indicate. Find out if he can trust his dashboard, right here.

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Today: Fix for Bill's Leaky Sunroof?

04.15.2014

The aftermarket sunroof in Bill's Pontiac GTO leaks in heavy rains and at the carwash. Tom and Ray say there are a couple things he can check before he settles for having a GTO that's half full. Find out what Tom and Ray say, right here.

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Dealer vs. Independent Mechanic: AC Trouble

04.10.2014

Steve's Honda Civic needs some work done to his AC. The Honda dealer said the compressor is shot, but Steve's local mechanic thought it might just be some faulty sensors. Find out who Tom and Ray think is right, plus how Steve can find out, right here. 

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Today: Are Some GPS Services Better Than Others?

04.07.2014

Susie got a new car and she's noticed that the factory-installed GPS has been sending her the long way or the wrong way to already-familiar destinations. Now she doesn't trust it to get her places. She's tried adjusting the settings, to no avail. What gives? Tom and Ray say there's a big difference in the types of GPS  services. Find out what options they suggest, right here.

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Who's to Blame for Tire Sensor Malfunction?

04.03.2014

Mir's tire-pressure warning light has been coming on ever since he had his tires replaced. His mechanic says the tire pressure is fine, and he should just drive it and the problem will fix itself. Tom and Ray say a tin of brownies might motivate Mir's mechanic to work a little harder on this issue. Find out what they think is going on, right here. 

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