Elon Musk is betting big (up to $5 billion) on a gigantic battery plant. It definitely makes sense in the short term, but will lithium-ion eventually be replaced with hugely efficient solid-state technology? Whatever Tesla builds should be ready for a retrofit.
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Doc wants Tom and Ray to settle a bet. He claims that a person can tell the difference between a Chevy and a Ford based on the sound the door makes when closing. His friends say he's nuts and a a large bar tab hangs in the balance. What will Tom and Ray decide?
Rachel wants to know how much it costs per mile to run a car. Her friends calculate the cost of by the cost of the gas used, but Rachel thinks they should also factor in wear and tear on the engine, maintenance, etc. Luckily, the IRS calculates this number every year. The answer, plus Tom and Ray's advice on whether Rachel should start billing her friends at the IRS rate for rides around town, right here.
Heat from the engine compartment in Daniel's 1979 Fiat Spider is giving him hot foot. On this car, there are so many possible culprits Tom and Ray don't know where to start. The catalytic converter could be running hot or it could be a bad fuel injector or a missing heat shield. Find out what Tom and Ray advise, right here.
JamieLee loaned out her car and when she got it back it was leaking fluids and all the warning lights were flashing. The person she loaned it to denied doing anything wrong, but Tom and Ray say for this to happen on a relatively new car, the operator would have to have hit something. Say, a brontosaurus. Find out how she can get this fixed and what how she should deal with the person who borrowed the car, right here.
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.
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."