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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 ...

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 ...

Micromanaging hubby is pain in tuchus

Dear Tom and Ray, My husband always gets mad because I immediately crank the ignition of our 2005 Honda Element. He tells me that I should wait a few seconds and listen for the fu ...

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 ...

It’s not a sugar problem you have with your gas tank

Dear Tom and Ray, So I’m pretty sure my ex put sugar in my gas tank. I’m positive about the sugar; can’t prove that he did it. But he’s crazy and this happened the first ...

A question of ethics regarding my mechanic

Dear Tom and Ray, I have a mechanics’ ethics question for you. I drive a 2009 Nissan Rogue. I love this car. I was getting ready for a road trip and I realized that there were ...

The right way to start a tractor

Dear Tom and Ray, I am a college student who loves anything mechanical and I work on a local farm to earn a little extra money. My boss likes to keep costs down and that includes ...

Daughter wants Lada Niva when she returns to the U.S.

Dear Tom and Ray, I just returned from visiting my daughter, who is a Peace Corps volunteer, in Yeghegnadzor, Armenia. Now, my daughter is an adventuresome gal and she’s become ...

Reader asks: What weight oil should I use?

Dear Tom and Ray, I recently was advised to use a much lighter weight of oil than I am used to using. I was told I should use 5-20 weight oil in my 2007 Pontiac Solstice convert ...