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Hackers Have a New Target: Your Car

01.22.2014

Cars today have data ports and event data recorders (black boxes), and they can and are being hacked in a variety of creative ways. Bad guys are rolling back odometers, stealing cars with electronic keys, erasing crash data and more. And wait, it all gets worse when every car has 4G access.

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Is Mechanic to Blame for Timing Belt Woes?

01.21.2014

Kaylyn had her Bug's timing belt replaced but 23 days later it broke! Her mechanic said the crankshaft pulley was to blame, but Kaylyn is suspicious. Did her mechanics do something wrong? Find out what Tom and Ray think, right here. 

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Today: Oil Numbers Explained

01.16.2014

Tom and Ray hear from Fred who wants to know what the "W" stands for on his motor oil. Winter? Weight? Tom and Ray settle the question once and for all. 

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Brace Yourself: Teen Driving Habits Get Worse over Time

01.16.2014

A new study finds brand-new drivers are great at paying attention to the road...for the first few months, anyway.

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