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A Remedy for Discriminatory Auto Loans? That Will Have to Wait

02.18.2014

Women and minorities sometimes pay higher interest rates for car loans, and the federal consumer agency wants auto loan companies to change their ways. But it was only a recommendation (auto dealers are powerful) and the biggest lender just said, "No, thanks."

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If I Had a Hammer . . .

02.18.2014

Today: Tom and Ray hear from BJ who's having window problems with his Chrysler 300M. The window sticks when it's warm outside, and BJ lives in Florida. Tom suggests a hammer. Ray suggests driving northward and selling the car there. This and more questionable advice, right here. 

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Today: Do Seatbelt Laws Apply to Old Jaguar?

02.13.2014

David has an old Jaguar. When he was young and irresponsible, he used to drive with three people in the front. Is that still legal? Was it ever? Tom and Ray suggest he get a second Jag. That way he'll have enough seatbelts for four and he'll double his chances of being able to start at least one of them on any given day. 

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About that Corvette Sinkhole...

02.13.2014

Catch that photo of the Corvettes in the sinkhole... aka, The World's Most Expensive Hole? Here's how it happened.

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Plugging In: The First Electric Cars

02.12.2014

The electric car was launched around the same time as the internal-combustion engine, and the early history is just as wild and wonderful.

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Second Honeymoon for Mary's Camry?

02.11.2014

Mary's Camry is reliable, has low mileage and is working fine. The problem? She can't stand the sight of the rusty wheels, even though her mechanic assures her there's no safety risk. Tom and Ray say there's no danger, but if it's driving her crazy, she has a lot of low-cost options for beutifying the wheels and rekindling the flame with this car. 

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OK to Use Larger Oil Filter?

02.06.2014

Larry found a larger oil filter for his car and wonders if th extra oil capacity would help his engine in the long run. Tom and Ray say they've done similar work for customers who insist, but there are always dangers to improvising with the filter. Find out more, here.

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Cars Talking to Each Other Will Save Lives, the Feds Say

02.06.2014

It's called vehicle-to-vehicle communications, or V2V. And NHTSA says requiring it on all new cars can reduce accidents 70 to 80 percent.

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Today: What's Causing Low-Speed Sluggishness?

02.04.2014

Al's Suburban has been sluggish at low speeds and his relative told him it was his catalytic converter. Can relatives be trusted when it comes to car repair? Tom and Ray have a lot to say about that topic (and they help him with his car problem too). Read it all, right here. 

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Steel vs. Aluminum: The Lightweight Wars Heat Up

02.03.2014

Steel is still the number one material for making cars, but by scoring the Ford F-150 aluminum is gaining sharply. Automakers expect the aluminum share to nearly double by 2025 as fuel economy becomes critical, and that's got the steel industry fighting back with lightweight products of its own.

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