In Defense of the Midlife Crisis

08.01.2013

Rita thinks she's having a midlife crisis. She's getting ready to buy the Jeep she's always wanted, but she wants to know, how old a model can she get without compromising too much on reliability. Tom and Ray think this question misses the whole point of buying an irresponsible car. Read their impassioned defense of the midlife crisis, right here. 

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Today: Don't Ignore the Tie Rod

07.30.2013

Bo's 1987 Honda Accord needs $750 worth of repair between a new C.V. boot and tie rod. But the car itself is barely worth that. What can he afford to ignore? Tom and Ray offer him a hands-on solution for the C.V. boot but insist that he fix the tie rod right away. 

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The Oil Change and the Overprotective Dad

07.25.2013

Joe's daughter wants to learn some car repairs and she wants her dear old dad to teach her. The problem? Joe's worried that  if she gets injured, he'll feel guilty for the rest of his life. Tom and Ray offer some basic safety tips but will it be enough to set Joe's mind at ease?

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Today: Hearing Aid vs. Warning Chime

07.23.2013

Gary got a new hearing aid, and now he wants to disconnect the warning chime on his beloved Ford F-150. Tom and Ray say the job should be pretty easy . . . for a highly trained bomb squad. Find out why this is so complicated, right here. 

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Husband Vs. Wife: The Grating Parking Brake

07.18.2013

Today, Carolyn writes in to ask Tom and Ray to settle a marital dispute. She hates the sound the parking brake makes when it engages. Carolyn's logic is that since you can avoid the the sound by holding in the release button while you engage the brake, this must be better for the car somehow. Her husband doesn't seem to care. Get Tom and Ray's verdict on this important topic, right here.

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Did a Loose Ground Ground Charlie's Ford Escape?

07.16.2013

Charlie took his Ford Escape on a cross-country trip and after stopping for gas on the way back, it refused to start back up. They had it towed to a service station where it miraculously started and behaved just fine for the rest of the trip. Now Charlie's wondering what went wrong and if it will happen again. Read Tom and Ray's advice for Charlie, right here. 

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Ann's Subaru Pops Out of Gear

07.11.2013

Ann's Subaru pops out of third gear but her dealer has no ideas for her. Tom and Ray have bad news for Ann. They've seen this problem before and it's not going to be cheap. Read their diagnosis right here.

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Today: To Ship or Not to Ship

07.09.2013

Richard is shipping an old car from New York to Arizona, for his son to use during grad school. But he's worried that the car won't pass inspection once it gets there. Is there a way to make sure, before he makes the investment? Tom and Ray say yes, and it doesn't even involve bribery! Their advice, right here. 

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Should Parking Brake Use Be a Habit?

07.04.2013

Kimi and her husband just bought a car with manual transmission for their son. They disagree about when it's necessary to set the parking brake so they've turned to Tom and Ray to settle the question. Tom offers this life advice: Floss your teeth, call your mother once a week and use your parking brake. 

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Today: CV Transmissions

07.02.2013

Pete's considering buying a new Honda but he's curious about the CV transmission. He's driven manuals and automatics for the last 50 years and isn't sure he's ready for something new. Tom and Ray explain how CVTs work, and encourage Pete to go for a test drive. 

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Car Advice: 70th Birthday Wheels

06.27.2013

Ann is turning 70 in a few years and she's looking forward to it already. But she needs Tom and Ray's advice--she's buying a convertible as a gift to herself and isn't sure what to get. Find out what Tom and Ray recommend for the cross-country road trip she's planning, right here.

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Today: Can Megan Beat the Birds?

06.25.2013

Megan's Ford Focus is a target for all the neighborhood birds, and she's tired of washing the car every week. How can she get the birds to do their business elsewhere? Read Tom and Ray's suggestions right here.  

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Boneheaded Mistakes: Gas Tank Edition

06.20.2013

Bob accidentally dropped a rubber stopper into his gas tank. How much will this boneheaded mistake end up costing him? Tom and Ray say he's in luck! Find out why, right here.

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Dangerous Stuff First, Expensive Stuff Second

06.18.2013

That's Tom and Ray's advice for Bob, who's car has been making strange thumps and jolts when he parks. It sounds like bad news for Bob's wallet. Find out what Tom and Ray think could be causing it, right here. 

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Click and Clack, Marriage Counselors

06.13.2013

Cat needs Tom and Ray to settle a dispute that she and her husband are having about the parking brake. She sets the brake when the car is already in park; he applies the brake, then shifts to park. What's the right way to do it? And can this marriage survive? Find out what Tom and Ray think, right here.

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