Ray and Tom Magliozzi

Reader distrusts mechanic

Dear Tom and Ray, I just paid more than $1,000 for a major 60,000-mile service on my 2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse (4-cylinder), which included, among other items, replacing the timing b ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Independent inspection is never a waste of money

Dear Tom and Ray, I love your show and column, and am a longtime listener and reader. After all these years, I finally have a question for you. I know you guys recommend having ...

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 ...

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 ...

Does driving constitute a workout?

Dear Tom and Ray, I wonder if you can settle an ongoing dispute that I have with my wife. She is an avid walker and an exercise freak. She wants me to join her on these power wal ...

Nice gesture does no harm to cars

Dear Tom and Ray, I am a valet at a local country club in Wisconsin. As you well know, it gets very cold here in the winter months. As a favor to the members who choose to vale ...

Vintage cars require old-fashioned creativity

Dear Tom and Ray, I have often wondered, when I see a street scene in Havana, how they’ve managed to keep those ‘50s vintage cars operating all these years. Of course, we are ...