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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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Oil Company Outrage: Is It Really about Protecting Windfall Profits?

04.23.2013

The oil industry says consumers will pay an additional six to nine cents per gallon at the pump for a new EPA plan to get sulfur out of gasoline. The Natural Resources Defense Council say the actual cost is less than a penny unless you factor in huge profits.

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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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Today: Did We Need That Thingamajig?

04.18.2013

Betty's husband tore off the black plastic thingamajig that was hanging under the front end of their car, a Mercury Grand Marquis. Now she wonders if this was a great idea, given her husband's limited expertise on cars. What was this mystery part, and will they be sorry that it's gone? Read Tom and Ray's answer here.

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