Magliozzi brothers

Discontinued brand, not necessarily discontinued car

Dear Tom and Ray, I drove a 2010 Mercury Mariner as a rental in Tucson, Ariz., last winter. I’m a snowbird now from the Chicago area and need a car down there. I really liked ...

Is losing a wheel a common problem for CR-Vs?

Dear Tom and Ray, I have a ’97 Honda CR-V that has a persistent problem: The front wheels keep falling off. First the left front wheel fell off while turning left at an inte ...

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 ...

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 ...

You're better off listening to the mechanic on this one

Dear Tom and Ray, Our 2001 Subaru Forester (93,000 miles, we’re the only owner) has been an excellent, essentially maintenance-free vehicle. Recently, when a front axle was re ...

Cause of explosion might be broken connecting rod

Dear Tom and Ray, I have a 1999 Camry CE that is maintained on a regular basis. Since I am a senior citizen, the annual mileage is about 3,000 miles per year. Yesterday, the ...

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 ...

What are ‘organic brake pads’ and do they really squeak?

Dear Tom and Ray, What are organic brake pads? A chain shop recommended them because my current metallic pads have been desqueaked twice but are still squeaking badly. I said I ...

Could reader be allergic to tune-ups?

Dear Tom and Ray, I have a 2003 Subaru WRX that has recently been “sneezing” at irregular intervals. The sneezing sound is accompanied by what feels like a loss of power. The ...

Fix shift lock before car goes on block

Dear Tom and Ray, I have a 2000 Ford Escort ZX2 with 110,000 miles and an automatic transmission. It starts fine but I cannot get it out of park unless I stick a screwdriver in t ...