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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Front-wheel-drive trucks might be on the way

Dear Tom and Ray, Hi, guys! I've always wondered why there aren’t any front-wheel-drive pickups. I would think they’d be a nice alternative to more-expensive four-wheel-drive p ...

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 ...

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 ...

Low-profile tires caused buyer’s remorse

Dear Tom and Ray, When shopping for a new car, we favored the Mazda5 but my wife had one major concern: the low-profile tires. The dealer assured us they were absolut ...

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 ...

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 ...