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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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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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Jensen Interceptor: Leather, Wood, and The Fates

01.31.2014

The Fates sometime communicate with us in mysterious ways, but today they all but club Jim Hanna in the head with a clear message about this marriage of British spirit and American muscle.

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Business Trips: To Rent or Not to Rent

01.30.2014

Tom and Ray advise Kyle who wonders whether it's better to rent a car for business trips or take the mileage reimbursement and use his own car. 

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Today: Help for Jeep Ignition Switch?

01.28.2014

Michael is having trouble with the ignition switch in his 1979 Jeep CJ-7. Tom and Ray think he'll probably need to replace it. Find out why this job is going to be a huge pain in the rear differential, right here. 

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