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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 ...

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 ...

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 goes through batteries fast

Dear Tom and Ray, My 88-year-old mother has a 2005 Buick LaCrosse with 15,000 miles on it. It only gets driven to the grocery store, hair salon and church. But that has been the c ...

Click and Clack column

Dear Tom and Ray, I’m sending this anonymously because I don’t want my friends to know what a bonehead I am. I went out to the driveway to replace the rear brake shoes on my da ...

Water in gas tank likely due to rusted filler neck

Dear Tom and Ray, I have a 1996 Subaru Legacy L wagon. Four mechanics in and around Boston can’t figure out how (twice now) in excess of three gallons of water got into my gas ta ...

Commuter turns vigilante

Dear Tom and Ray, I need to know if I’m being a jerk. Every day, I use a left exit ramp on the highway that starts out one lane wide. A second lane begins on the right and brings ...

Low-rolling resistance tires explained

Dear Tom and Ray, I'm writing for my brother, who never reads your column. He has a 2010 Toyota Prius with all the bells and whistles. He was told that to get the best gas mileage ...

Click and Clack column

Dear Tom and Ray , I drive a 1995 Buick Regal two-door custom coupe. In the past week or so, I have noticed that my “Old Man” starts sputtering, sort of like a cough, while I ...

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 ...

Is it better to read the manual or wing it?

Dear Tom and Ray, OK. I have two sons of opposite disposition but who are great friends anyway. We do as much work on cars as we can to save money and maintain some sense that we ...

Wheels all stop at the same time

Dear Tom and Ray, I was ticketed recently for not stopping at a stop sign. I was sure I stopped. When I questioned the officer, he said all four wheels have to stop. The implicat ...

Who’s right when it comes to the gas tank, this guy or Tom and Ray?

Dear Tom and Ray, You recently answered a question about whether it’s harmful to let your gas tank run down to empty. You said it’s not harmful to the car and it won’t cause ...

Avoid hydroplaning

Dear Tom and Ray, We recently bought a 2005 VW Beetle and love it. Our one concern is its tendency to hydroplane in the rain. Is there any way to install an aftermarket stability ...

Let the man sit in the driveway, the radio won’t drain the battery

Dear Tom and Ray, My father is a huuuge fan of your NPR radio show. Every Saturday, he is a devoted listener. At their weekend cottage up north, the reception is sketchy at best ...