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Dad vs. Driver's Ed: Brakes Question

10.10.2013

Katie just finished driver's ed and was taught that driving through puddles can impact a car's braking capability. The instructor said they could solve this by braking lightly a few times after hitting a puddle. But her dad says all this does is wear out the brakes. Find out why Tom and Ray award this round to Katie's dear old dad, right here.

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Honk If You Like 55 Degree Weather

10.08.2013

Dan has a Chevrolet Astro Van with a very particular horn. It won't honk unless the temperature is warmer than 55 degrees. Unfortunately, Dan lives far enough north that such fine weather is not the norm. Tom and Ray say modern horns are pretty simple. Read their explanation of how Dan can easily figure out which part of the horn system is broken, right here. 

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What Chattanooga Needs: A Green Airport Link

10.07.2013

Chattanooga is proud of its record as a green city, and it it should be. But the hole in the sustainability doughnut is transportation--despite a downtown electric bus shuttle, visitors end up taking a lot of cabs. Needed: a better airport link.

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The Case of the Disappearing Dashboard Lights

10.03.2013

Steve is a private eye, but there's one case he hasn't been able to crack--the dashboard lights in his surveillance van flicker on and off while he's driving. Can Tom and Ray solve this mystery? How much scratch will Steve have to lay down to fix his little problem? Ever wonder what private eyes drive nowadays? Find out, right here. 

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