cars

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 ...

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 ...