Today: Emma Needs Second Opinion Before Buying

09.24.2013

Emma is looking for her first car and she's fallen for a 1975 Mercedes 240D that will likely need its differential replaced very soon. Should she try to negotiate the price with the seller or just walk away? Tom thinks Emma is a young woman of extremely refined tastes, but Ray cautions that the car may spend a lot of time parked in her driveway. Read the case for and against, right here. 

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Don't Gamble on Ball Joints

09.19.2013

A mechanic at John's local quick oil change place told him his ball joints were worn. John hasn't noticed any changes in the handling or tire wear, and he doesn't trust this guy. What should he do? Tom and Ray say even if this mechanic is running a scam, John would be wise to heed the warning and get a second opinion. Find out why, right here. 

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Today: Best Car to Protect Against Solar Flares?

09.17.2013

A reader is concerned that the next big solar flare will knock out the computerized parts in his car. Naturally, he's thinking about buying an older car to keep around just in case.  Can Tom and Ray help him? And what fashion tips will they offer for constructing his tinfoil hat? Read all about it, right here. 

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Advice for an Aspiring Steering Fluid Mixologist

09.12.2013

Greg found some power steering fluid of questionable vintage while cleaning out his parents' garage. Now he wonders if it would be risky to mix them up and use them. Tom and Ray say he should go ahead and mix them together, as long as he's mixing them for the sole purpose of making it easier to transport to the nearest recycling facility. Find out why using this cocktail in a newer car is a terrible idea, right here.

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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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