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 ...