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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 ...

Battery replacement easier if left to the pros

Dear Tom and Ray, We have a 2006 Chrysler Town and Country van. Is it OK to buy and replace the original battery ourselves? Or is this a job for the professionals? We just bough ...

Geezer car has geezer window but only in the cold

Dear Tom and Ray, I’ve got a Buick — a geezer car because I’m a geezer. It’s wonderful at eliminating road rage because it is completely incompetent at driving aggressivel ...

Tom and Ray settle a bet but not in reader’s favor

Dear Tom and Ray: Please help me settle a bet with my father-in-law ... the winner will buy the loser his next battery. My father-in-law claims that even though car batteries ...

Traffic court argument doesn’t hold much water

Dear Tom and Ray, It occurred to me the other day that as a car is driven and the tires wear down, each tire’s circumference decreases. Since the speedometer measures speed thr ...

Are headlights always on a bright idea?

Dear Tom and Ray, I enjoy your column every week. In our cars, the headlights turn off automatically when we exit the vehicle so there’s no danger of leaving the lights on and d ...