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Tom and Ray Magliozzi


Dear Tom and Ray: My name is Luke, and I am a musician playing double bass with a band based out of Norman, Okla. Our record label has thoughtfully provided us with a Ford E350 van for touring. Recently, we have upgraded our trailer to a larger and heavier one. While this makes it much easier to transport our gear, we've noticed an issue occurring with our air conditioning…

Dear Tom and Ray: I have a 2007 Toyota Prius. I was hoping you could help me with what I suspect is a cheap sales tactic by my Toyota dealer. The dealer says that if I buy tires from anyone else, I will adversely affect my gas mileage. He says that the Prius takes a special low-rolling-resistance tire that is available only through the dealer. Like you guys, I ha…

Dear Tom and Ray: Do you ever address questions about old farm tractors? Our 1945 Farmall-A starts well and runs well for about 10-20 minutes, but then it starts to miss and then stalls out, typically while going up a slope -- even a small one. Along with our local mechanic, we checked out the carburetor (the original Schebler), the fuel lines, put in new plugs a…

Dear Tom and Ray: My wife drives a 2003 VW Passat GLX 4Motion Wagon with just over 47,000 miles on it. She took it to a local dealer for service last May after smoke began billowing from the right side of the car and sweet-smelling liquid was dripping out. The dealer replaced the heater core and coolant bottle, and all was well until the next warm day, when my w…

Dear Tom and Ray: My boyfriend drives a 2000 Ford Taurus station wagon with 112,000 miles. He's a doctor and specializes in palliative care medicine, which is to say he helps patients, families and other doctors navigate the scary time around the end of life. Almost all of the patients have a definitive diagnosis. Critical to his practice is having a reasonably f…

Dear Tom and Ray: I purchased a Kia Forte Koup in March 2010. After receiving the car, it blew three clutches in an eight-month period. I have been driving a stick my entire life, and I know how to use a clutch. The problem with this car is that the clutch is not failing from shifting gears. When I get on the highway, black smoke comes billowing out of the front …

Dear Tom and Ray: I love your show. I recently got a 2001 Audi A8L that now has 130,000 miles on it. The only other owner was my dad, and he took extremely great care of the car. Recently, the check-engine light has been coming on, saying that my catalytic converter's efficiency is too low. My mechanic tested it and said the level is just barely above what I need…

Dear Tom and Ray: I really like the look of the prominent chrome dual exhausts seen on so many cars and trucks these days. To me, they give a look of masculinity to the vehicle. For years, it seemed that manufacturers installed only single exhausts, except on the most powerful or sporty cars. And in many cases, the exhausts were hidden from view. Are "duals" now …

Dear Tom and Ray: The dashboard of our 2004 Honda lit up like a Christmas tree. We had the car towed to our local Honda dealer. When we were presented with the repair bill, we were dismayed to see that we had been charged $80 three times for "diagnostics." The service manager explained that they had to connect the car three different times to the diagnostic compu…

Dear Tom and Ray: I've been a fan for years. I had a great 2000 Ford Crown Victoria, which I always had serviced at a local muffler/repair shop.Last year, I gave the car to my daughter in Michigan. When she took it to her own mechanic for a tuneup, he discovered that all eight fuel-injector clips had broken off and the fuel injectors were held in position by plas…

Dear Tom and Ray: My daughter lives in Anchorage, Alaska. She is a Wisconsin transplant who still believes her father (me) can help with anything. I need your help to maintain this myth. Here is the issue with her 2001 Subaru Forester: The engine starts right up in the cold (she parks it outside all winter). But when she goes back inside and leaves it running to …

Dear Tom and Ray: I took my GMC ('06 K2500 Extended Cab) to the purchasing dealer for service. My truck has only 20,000 miles on it. It was up on the lube rack when something either broke or collapsed, and my truck came down, rear end first, landing on the rear tires and receiver hitch, with the front end sticking up at about 60 degrees. I looked under it (I was …

Dear Tom and Ray: I'm 35, and I would like to purchase a diesel SUV that will last the rest of my life ideally, into my 90s. My idea is that diesel engines last longer and that my family and I could rack up 500,000 to 600,000 miles on whatever we buy during my lifetime. I was thinking of buying a BMW, Volkswagen, Audi or Mercedes-Benz. All of them are around the…

Dear Tom and Ray: Do those clamp-on or strap-on devices that go on your tires help with winter driving traction? Or do they just clamp on my wallet?-- James Tom: Sure, they can help. There are several different types of devices that can be used as temporary traction aids. Ray: Consumer Reports tested a few of them, and the conclusion was that they can help, …

Dear Tom and Ray: I just bought a new Jeep, and the owner's manual says that all tires, including the spare, should be replaced after six years, regardless of condition or usage, to avoid a sudden failure during use. I don't remember seeing this recommendation before. The spare in my last Jeep is now more than 10 years old. Should I replace it? What is the reason…