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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 ...

Recommended services are recommended for a reason

Dear Tom and Ray, I own a 2008 Honda Civic with 33,000 miles. I have regularly changed the oil and rotated its tires. I also have replaced the air filter on one occasion. Is there ...

Why is excessive idling considered severe duty?

Dear Tom and Ray, Why in the world is “excessive idling” defined as “severe duty” in all owner’s manuals? I read in one column that idling is harder on the valve train ...

Her dog isn’t a junkie; he’s carsick

Dear Tom and Ray, My dog is addicted to getting his lips on the air ducts on the dash of my car. He licks the vents feverishly and he drools as a result. I told a friend that I th ...

Be safe, strap your pets in the car

Dear Tom and Ray, I travel with a guide dog. When we’re in our own car (driven by my husband, not by me or the dog), I have a harness that the seat belt slips through and we buc ...

ABS is a must, especially for younger drivers

Dear Tom and Ray, My 17-year-old niece is interested in a 2007 Toyota Matrix but it does not have antilock brakes (ABS). She may be heading to college in a place where it snows. I ...