cars

The sad story of early spark-plug changes in Fords

Dear Tom and Ray, I own a 2005 Ford F-150 truck with 31,000 miles that I purchased new in May 2005. A backyard mechanic told me that I should replace the spark plugs now, because ...

Politeness on the road not always good Click and Clack column By Tom and Ray Magliozzi I read your column all the time and value your opinion (especially if you side with me!). My husband (whom I call Bubba, if you are interested) frequently will

Click and Clack column By Tom and Ray Magliozzi I read your column all the time and value your opinion (especially if you side with me!). My husband (whom I call Bubba, i ...

Husband’s extreme caution is causing wife to overheat

Dear Tom and Ray, My husband and I recently purchased a new car. My husband refuses to run the air conditioning in heavy stop-and-go traffic or if we are sitting in the parked c ...

Tom and Ray offer solution to slippery problem

Dear Tom and Ray, I have a 1998 Chrysler Town and Country Minivan with the six-cylinder engine. Whenever I drive through a puddle, the belt slips off. All of the original undercar ...

The ‘smoke test’ explained

Dear Tom and Ray, I’ve been driving for more years than I care to say but this is the first I’ve heard of something called a “smoke test.” Recently, I noticed a gas o ...

Even recirculate setting brings in some outside air

Dear Tom and Ray, Can you please tell us which vehicles recirculate all of their inside air, rather than pulling in outside air? My wife is extremely allergic to smells so pulli ...

Independent inspection is never a waste of money

Dear Tom and Ray, I love your show and column, and am a longtime listener and reader. After all these years, I finally have a question for you. I know you guys recommend having ...

Fix shift lock before car goes on block

Dear Tom and Ray, I have a 2000 Ford Escort ZX2 with 110,000 miles and an automatic transmission. It starts fine but I cannot get it out of park unless I stick a screwdriver in t ...

A question of ethics regarding my mechanic

Dear Tom and Ray, I have a mechanics’ ethics question for you. I drive a 2009 Nissan Rogue. I love this car. I was getting ready for a road trip and I realized that there were ...
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