Click and Clack

Blink: Driver asks if he's thrifty or crazy
Published on Aug 29th, 2013
1 comments  Dear Tom and Ray:        I don't mind being called a sorry skinflint as long as I can justify my penny-pinching proclivities. I happen to believe that there are only...
Back up: Manual transmission's causing pain
Published on Aug 22nd, 2013
1 comments Dear Tom and Ray:        I have painful, incapacitating sciatica on the left side, most likely from constantly engaging the extremely hard clutch in my 2000 Toyota Celica....
Porsche pride: Is old luxury ride worth the risk?
Published on Aug 8th, 2013
1 comments Dear Tom and Ray:        Hi, guys! My name is Raychel. I'm a full-time student and part-time valet parker. I'm about to turn 21, and I am enthralled with the idea of a 1987...
'Drum roll: Truck dinging causes ear ringing
Published on Jul 25th, 2013
0 comments Dear Tom and Ray:        This past year, I got some kind of fungus in my ears that deteriorated my eardrums to the point that I needed hearing aids. It is great being able...
Cranked up? Summer trip gets car hot and bothered
Published on Jul 18th, 2013
0 comments Dear Tom and Ray:        On a cross-country summer trip to Las Vegas, we stopped for gas in a town in New Mexico. After filling our '04 Ford Escape, it would crank but would...
Moving west: Emissions put to tough test
Published on Jul 11th, 2013
0 comments Dear Tom and Ray:        We live in Buffalo, N.Y., and our son will be living and attending graduate school in Glendale, Ariz. He owns a 2000 Ford Contour. We are having it...
Switching gears: Are the newest transmissions better?
Published on Jul 4th, 2013
0 comments Dear Tom and Ray:        I'm considering getting a new Honda Accord four-cylinder. For 2013, Honda went to a CV transmission, replacing the five-speed automatic. I wonder...
Stopped short: Mystery impacts cause concern
Published on Jun 20th, 2013
0 comments Dear Tom and Ray:        About three weeks ago, I was pulling into a parking space, and just before stopping I heard and felt what appeared to be a large impact. There was...
Parking problem: Whose spot is it anyway?
Published on Jun 6th, 2013
6 comments Dear Tom and Ray:        My question regards parking etiquette. Recently, a neighbor has been parking his car in front of our house on a daily/nightly basis. From what I can...
What's the fix? Is dealer
Published on May 30th, 2013
1 comments  Dear Tom and Ray:        I have a 2005 Subaru WRX STI with 106,000 miles, and it is time to replace the timing belt. The Subaru dealer will do the job for $1,800, but...
Fit to be tied: Did little car survive big collision?
Published on May 23rd, 2013
1 comments Dear Tom and Ray:        My wife Olivia's first car (in the early '70s) was a purple-sparkle dune buggy built on a VW Bug frame– one of the least safe but coolest cars...
Waste case: 'Inheritance' leads to headache
Published on May 9th, 2013
1 comments Dear Tom and Ray: Back in the '80s, when there wasn't anywhere he knew of to take used oil for recycling, my dad started pouring it into a 55-gallon drum in the garage. Not just oil, but anything...
Ignition intuition: This car has a mind of its own
Published on May 2nd, 2013
3 comments Dear Tom and Ray:        I have a 2001 Dodge Neon with more than 150,000 miles on it. Until very recently, it's been an extremely reliable vehicle, and I've loved it. Lately...
To fix or not to fix: Are air deflectors vital?
Published on Apr 25th, 2013
1 comments Dear Tom and Ray:There once was a black plastic thingamajig hanging under the front end of our Mercury Grand Marquis, right behind the front bumper. We could almost always hear it scrape against...
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