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Solar flare paranoia? Go with a '70s car and tinfoil
Published on Sep 19th, 2013
1 comments Dear Tom and Ray:    With talk about the potential (though unlikely) event of a large solar flare directly hitting Earth, some high-tech engineering types are discussing the merits of using...
Time machine: Will clunker survive same '80s road trip?
Published on Sep 12th, 2013 (All day)
1 comments Dear Tom and Ray:    I'm a 50-year-old male. For my midlife crisis, my old college roommate and I are taking a 1960 Triumph TR3 roadster on an 8,000-mile road trip, retracing the route of...
Oil toil: How do you get the best mileage?
Published on Sep 5th, 2013
0 comments Dear Tom and Ray:   I just bought a new Mazda, and the owner's manual states that I should use 0W-20 oil. I wonder if that is too lightweight for summer travel at interstate speeds, and would...
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....
Crank it up: Could a car start like a lawnmower?
Published on Aug 15th, 2013
2 comments  Dear Tom and Ray:        OK, I know this is a pretty ridiculous question, but I've done a little research and can't find anything written on the subject. I was...
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...
Bird bother: Feathered friends leave unwelcome 'gifts'
Published on Jun 27th, 2013
2 comments Dear Tom and Ray:        Every morning when I walk out the door to go to work, there is bird poop all over the sides of my car. Always in the same exact spot. Granted, there...
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...
Escape-ism: Is little car big enough to tow?
Published on Jun 13th, 2013
3 comments  Dear Tom and Ray: We do a lot of city driving, but in the summer months we tow a couple of Jet Skis around behind our older Nissan Murano, and it has seemed to do the job just fine. The total...
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...
Freshening the Forester: Wife's car lacks inner beauty
Published on May 16th, 2013
0 comments Dear Tom and Ray:        My wife has a 1999 Subaru Forester with low mileage (85,000), but the interior is not so good. She lets the kids eat in her car, and, as such, the...
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...