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Advice for an Aspiring Steering Fluid Mixologist

09.12.2013

Greg found some power steering fluid of questionable vintage while cleaning out his parents' garage. Now he wonders if it would be risky to mix them up and use them. Tom and Ray say he should go ahead and mix them together, as long as he's mixing them for the sole purpose of making it easier to transport to the nearest recycling facility. Find out why using this cocktail in a newer car is a terrible idea, right here.

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Electric Cars on Hawaii's Big Island: A Few Challenges

09.12.2013

Plugging in makes a lot of sense on Hawaii's largest island, but electricity is expensive, distances far, and the local Nissan dealer refuses to sell Leaf battery cars.

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A Moral Quandary For Our Age

09.11.2013

Darrell called our lousy show asking for Tom and Ray’s help with a moral dilemma regarding public restrooms. We’re turning to you, our ethical fans, for a vote on this (sometimes very) urgent issue!

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Today: Recreating a Road Trip

09.10.2013

Patrick and his old roommate had so much fun on their post-college road trip 25 years ago that they're doing it again--same route and same car, a 1960 Triumph TR3. What should they bring with them to help with it inevitably breaks down? Will Tom and Ray have any advice for Patrick? (Or will they be too busy fishing for an invitation to tag along?)

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Ugly by Accident

09.09.2013

Ugly cars? We want to see them! We’re now accepting nominations for the ugliest beaters on the block. 

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The Bottom Line: A Japanese Butt Sensor to Protect Your Car

09.06.2013

Researchers from the Advanced Institute of Industrial Technology in Tokyo are close to perfecting a new security device. If everyone could stop laughing, maybe it would actually work.

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Time to Retire the Grease Gun

09.06.2013

Dann gets his oil and filter changed regularly, but he wants to know if he should get the car lubed too. Are all those squeaks and squawks coming from the undercarriage just his imagination? Tom and Ray explain why most cars don't need lube jobs anymore, and have some alternative uses for their now-idle grease gun. (Toilet seat on April Fool's Day, anyone?) 

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90 Percent of Cars Will be Turbo-Powered...For Fuel Economy

09.05.2013

Turbocharging isn't about raw power anymore. It's an arrow in the automaker's quiver to reach 54.5 mpg by 2025, along with variable valve timing, cylinder deactivation, lightweighting and hybridization.

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Kidnapped

09.04.2013

Daniel Pinkwater is back! You may never look at a Rolls Royce Silver Cloud the same way again...

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Today: Which Oil is Best for New Car?

09.03.2013

Jim just bought a new Mazda and he's worried that the oil recommended by his owner's manual is too lightweight. Can Tom and Ray set Jim's fears to rest? Find out how oil has changed over the years and who can get away with using the lighter stuff, right here.

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