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Why Does Grover's Truck Run at Random?

05.15.2014

Grover has a 1999 GMC Sierra that spends most of its time parked in the garage until deer season. The problem? Whenever Grover or his wife are in the garage, they hear something running, like a pump of some kind. Can Tom and Ray explain why the parts of the truck are running when parked? Find out what they say, right here. 

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Freeway Information for Dog Owners (FIDO) Blog Authors

05.14.2014

Veterinarian Sip Siperstein and professional trainer Melissa McCue-McGrath take your questions on all things animal and automotive.

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Apply Here: $16 Billion in Green Car Loan Money

05.13.2014

An obscure Federal loan program saved Tesla and brought Nissan Leaf production to America. The program went quiet in the wake of the ill-fated Federal loans to Solyndra, but now it's back in business-- with $16 billion to share. Here's a look at what's coming. 

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Today: The Difference Between Highway and Off-road Miles?

05.13.2014

Mike and his family live in Doha, Qatar and his wife's daily commute could be made a lot shorter and a lot less stressful if she were willing to do three miles off-road each way. But she's worried that the off-road driving will cause premature wear and tear. Tom and Ray explain the difference in wear and tear for highway miles versus off-road miles, right here, but suspect that Mike has misdiagnosed the real problem: that his wife hates the bumpy off-road ride. 

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