Today: Recreating a Road Trip

09.10.2013

Patrick and his old roommate had so much fun on their post-college road trip 25 years ago that they're doing it again--same route and same car, a 1960 Triumph TR3. What should they bring with them to help with it inevitably breaks down? Will Tom and Ray have any advice for Patrick? (Or will they be too busy fishing for an invitation to tag along?)

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Time to Retire the Grease Gun

09.06.2013

Dann gets his oil and filter changed regularly, but he wants to know if he should get the car lubed too. Are all those squeaks and squawks coming from the undercarriage just his imagination? Tom and Ray explain why most cars don't need lube jobs anymore, and have some alternative uses for their now-idle grease gun. (Toilet seat on April Fool's Day, anyone?) 

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Today: Which Oil is Best for New Car?

09.03.2013

Jim just bought a new Mazda and he's worried that the oil recommended by his owner's manual is too lightweight. Can Tom and Ray set Jim's fears to rest? Find out how oil has changed over the years and who can get away with using the lighter stuff, right here.

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Dad vs. Daughter: The Turbo-Charged Engine

08.29.2013

Hayley's getting a new car and she likes the model with the turbo engine but her dear old dad says turbo engines never last. Turns out that times have changed. Tom and Ray say turbo engines now are a good bet for all reasonable drivers. What should unreasonable drivers get? Traffic court.

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Today in Bogus: Randy's Blinker Theory

08.27.2013

Randy has a theory--turn signals have a limited number of blinks in them, and he can and should prolong the life of his turn signal by running them as little as possible. Tom and Ray say he's nuts. Find out why, right here. 

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Did Refilling With Regular Wreck Howard's Mini?

08.22.2013

Howard filled his new Mini Cooper S with regular for a full year before the dealer mentioned it would run better on premium gas. Now he's freaking out! Has he irrevocably damaged his car? Tom and Ray try to soothe Howard's worries with actual car info (plus some mental health suggestions). Read all about it! 

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Is There A Doctor In The House?

08.20.2013

Jill's manual transmission Celica is a pain in the back. She wants to adjust the clutch so that it's easier to manage with her sciatica. Read Tom and Ray's car advice, plus their unsolicited and unvetted medical opinions, right here. 

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Help Tom and Ray Diagnose This Smelly Car

08.15.2013

Carolina is worried about the crayon smell in her daughter's Volvo. They've tried everything to get rid of it, but nothing's worked and Carolina is worried it might be some dangerous chemical. Tom and Ray are stumped, so we're turning to you, our clever fans to help Carolina out. Read Carolina's question and tell us what you think.

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Today: Harvey's Harebrained Idea

08.13.2013

Harvey has an idea... he wants to develop a lawnmower type pull-start system to start his truck in case the battery dies and there's no one around to give him a jump. Just how bad is this idea? And what should he do instead? Tom and Ray's take, right here.

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Today: Second Gear is First to Fail

08.08.2013

Second gear seems to always give out first on a manual transmission, and Matthew wants to know why. Tom and Ray say second gets more use than any other gear. Read the rest of their explanation, right here.

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How Much Will Raychel's Dream Car Cost Her?

08.06.2013

Raychel's uncle is selling his old Porsche 944S, and she wants to buy it. She's already decided it's her dream car, but she wants to know exactly what she's getting into. Tom and Ray tell her what to look out for before she decides to buy. 

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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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