Today: Help Dave Choose a New Car

06.10.2013

Dave is buying a new car and he needs something that is good for daily commuting, but one that can also occasionally tow a pair of Jet Skis. Tom and Ray think there are several vehicles that can handle both situations. Find out what they recommend, right here.

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I Dream of Timing Belts?

06.06.2013

Today: Is Kate's father visiting her from beyond the grave to remind her to get her car serviced? Tom and Ray analyze Kate's recent dream and offer advice about when to change a timing belt, right here. 

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Paging Miss Manners: Parking Etiquette

06.04.2013

Duane wants Tom and Ray's advice for how to stop his neighbor from parking in front of his house on the "technically" public street. Tom and Ray offer some tips for successful neighborly negotiations. Who's the jerk in this situation? Read Tom and Ray's advice and tell us what you think. 

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Today: Lightning vs. Town Car

05.30.2013

Shannon suspects that her uncle's car was struck by lightning because after a recent thunderstorm, the headlights refused to turn off. Tom and Ray explain what she can look for to confirm her diagnosis, and what kind of repairs her uncle can expect. 

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Today: Is Bill's Dealer Charging Too Much?

05.28.2013

Bill's Subaru needs a new timing belt, and the dealer is asking twice what his local mechanic wants for the job. Tom and Ray say there may be more to this story than meets the eye. 

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Today: Richard's Smooth Ride

05.23.2013

Richard says the ride in his Lexus is not quite smooth enough, so he makes a practice of driving with underinflated tires. His brother says this is dangerous! Tom and Ray side with Richard's brother. Find out why, right here. 

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Is Favorite Safe Car Post-Collision?

05.21.2013

Phil's Honda Fit was sandwiched between a big Jeep and an even bigger mini-van during a recent rear-end collision. The insurance repaired the car but Phil wonders if they should be worried.
Find out how Tom and Ray would check for structural damage, right here.

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Should Phil Flush His Focus?

05.16.2013

Phil's mechanic says his heater core is clogged but flushing the system could cause major damage. Tom and Ray disagree. Find out why, right here.

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Today: Shade-Tree Mechanics Club?

05.14.2013

John wants to start a DIY garage. Can Tom and Ray talk him out of it? Plus, the guys reveal details from their own experiences owning a DIY garage in years gone by. 

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Grace's Neon Doesn't Know When to Quit

05.02.2013

Grace's Dodge Neon won't turn off, even after the key is removed from the engine. Her mechanic replaced the ignition cylinder but now he's stumped. Will Tom and Ray have good suggestions for Grace? (Or will they just tell her to focus on how lucky she is to have a car that won't stop instead of a car that won't start?)

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Today: All About Brake Pads

04.30.2013

Jared just got his brakes replaced and his mechanic convinced him to buy ceramic brake pads. Now he wonders if these pads are as good as his mechanic says they are. Tom and Ray explain the history of brake pads and what's the best kind on the road today. 

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Today: Dottie's Oily Inheritance

04.29.2013

Dottie's dad did a lot of his own car repair. Problem is, he didn't have a way to dispose of the used oil and other fluids. So, he left them in a 55 gallon drum in the garage, and it's all still there, 30 years later. Tom and Ray advise Dottie on how to safely and legally dispose of the mess. 

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To the Junkyard!

04.29.2013

Jamie's wife's car runs great, but it is a complete mess on the inside and he wants to replace the interior on the cheap. Tom and Ray offer advice about sourcing quality parts from the junkyard, plus a word of caution about cats and cuban cigars. (It's relevant, we promise!) 

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Headlight Trouble? Just Pound On the Hood

04.25.2013

Steve's headlight is acting up, but he discovered that if he smacks the top of the hood the light will reliably turn on and stay on. Can Tom and Ray explain what's causing this, and whether or not Steve can trust this as a long term solution? 

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Perk Up a Dead Battery With . . . Cola?

04.18.2013

Martha's car battery died this week and her neighbor suggested that she pour a can of Coke on it to clean off the corrosion. Martha is skeptical. Tom and Ray talk about this and other home remedies for batteries. Find out what works and what doesn't, right here. 

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