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Social media and texting are likely to be big culprits, a new study shows. In most states, there are big restrictions on driving with peers, but ignorance of those laws is widespread.
Barbara's car has a push button starter. She pushes it once and the car starts up just fine, but her husband holds it down until the motor engages. She's worried this will wear out the starter. Tom and Ray have done some research in the field of Deliberately Trying to Burn Out Starters, and have some highly unscientific data to report. Here's what they found out.
The Saab production line in Trollhattan was restarted last week--to build two cars. The company, now with Japanese and Chinese owners, wants to scale the heights again, but its best bet is in forgetting about gas cars and plugging in to become a European electric carmaker.
Emma is looking for her first car and she's fallen for a 1975 Mercedes 240D that will likely need its differential replaced very soon. Should she try to negotiate the price with the seller or just walk away? Tom thinks Emma is a young woman of extremely refined tastes, but Ray cautions that the car may spend a lot of time parked in her driveway. Read the case for and against, right here.
A mechanic at John's local quick oil change place told him his ball joints were worn. John hasn't noticed any changes in the handling or tire wear, and he doesn't trust this guy. What should he do? Tom and Ray say even if this mechanic is running a scam, John would be wise to heed the warning and get a second opinion. Find out why, right here.