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'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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.