cars

Smoking turn signal should be fixed

Dear Tom and Ray, I have a 1998 Ford Explorer. A few days ago, I had the left turn signal on and, suddenly, it just stopped blinking. Then a very faint, almost imperceptible wisp o ...

Grandson’s driving almost certainly contributed to engine failure

Dear Tom and Ray, I have a 2003 Mazda Protege with 103,000 miles. The problem started while my 20-year-old grandson had my car one time. My engine started getting hot and I ...

Her mechanic has fleas

Dear Tom and Ray, Help! My mechanic has fleas! My mechanic has a “garage dog,” who is very old and droopy. I think he has fleas, because after I got my car back, I’m getting ...

Let your chick-car flag fly

Dear Tom and Ray, I just learned that I might be driving a chick car. I own a red Honda del Sol and I really enjoy driving it. Do other guys think I?m less than manly? How can I a ...

Is mechanic responsible for critter eviction?

Dear Tom and Ray, I took my van in for an oil change, wiper blades and general inspection. When the hood was raised, I discovered that some animal, probably a squirrel, had built a ...

Scary situation was fault of dealer's shop

Dear Tom and Ray, I never would have imagined that my automotive life would be interesting enough to merit communicating with you guys, but 20 or so years after first discovering y ...

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Dear Tom and Ray, I collect cars from companies that have gone out of business. So far, I have a 1950 Studebaker, a 1950 Hudson, a 1950 Packard, a 1960 Desoto and a 1960 Edsel. My ...

Engine can be used to cook, believe it or not!

Dear Tom and Ray, When I pick up my teenage son from school, he is so ravenous that I worry he’ll eat one of his younger siblings when I’m not looking. So we’re forced to sto ...

How to downshift in a Prius

Dear Tom and Ray, Recently my husband and I rented a Toyota Prius in California — which we enjoyed driving, by the way. While driving in our many national parks, I was concerned ...

Car’s stalling could be due to a few different items

Dear Tom and Ray, My daughter lives in Anchorage, Alaska. She is a Wisconsin transplant who still believes her father (me) can help with anything. I need your help to maintai ...

Recent question sparks old debate

Dear Tom and Ray, I heard a caller on your radio show a few weeks ago ask whether passengers are obligated to pay for speeding tickets. This prompted an old discussion between my f ...

Quick-thinking wife saves the day

Dear Tom and Ray, My husband was driving our Yukon on the highway (cruise control set on 70) when he passed out. He was in the left-hand lane of four lanes so I reached over and tu ...

Why are stick shifts so prevalent in Europe?

Dear Tom and Ray, My fiancée is European and they all drive stick shifts over there. When I visited, I had to pay more to rent a car with an automatic. It seems to be true every ...

Duct tape is good but not for brake lines

Dear Tom and Ray, So my 2003 Kia Rio has a brake-fluid leak. A really bad brake-fluid leak. So bad that the floor of my back seat is fully littered with empty brake-fluid bottles ...

Reader distrusts mechanic

Dear Tom and Ray, I just paid more than $1,000 for a major 60,000-mile service on my 2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse (4-cylinder), which included, among other items, replacing the timing b ...