Ray Magliozzi

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Two ladies with food sitting in the car

To Idle or Not To Idle -- It All Depends

When my sister and I shop, we save time by having lunch in the car. When she drives, if it is winter or summer, she will leave the car running for the ...

White pick up truck with a horse trailer

Be Careful Not to Dismiss Knocking as 'Bad Gas'

I love your column, and thanks for helping us all out with the poltergeists in our cars! I have a 2018 Chevy 2500HD Silverado with a 6.0 V8 and the tr ...

Yellow GMC Sierra

No Good Answers in the Case of GMC's Slipping Transmission

I recently purchased a new 2020 GMC Sierra 1500 pickup truck. I have had GM products for over 50 years and am finally having problems.

Black jeepney wrangler parked in a grass scenery

Jeep has a Mysterious Appeal to the Risk-Averse

Have I lost my mind? I'm in love with the Jeep Wrangler. It makes no sense -- poor mileage, lousy ratings in the consumer magazines -- and yet it's th ...

Close up of and old man's hand on the driving wheel

Don't Ruin Road Trip Squeezing Out Every Last Mile From Toyota

Get ready for this! I'm going to take my 92-year-old dad on a six-week, gazillion mile trek from one side of the country to the other, then back again ...

Close up of a rear suspension of a truck

Service Shop's Games has Ridgeline Owner Rethinking Repair

The left CV boot on my 2007 Honda Ridgeline is leaking. There's a 3-inch-diameter spot of grease on the garage floor.

Man hanging a bicycle behind his car

Outdoorsy Image May be Costing You -- And the Environment

Many people where I live in California leave their empty rooftop bike/surfboard/kayak racks on their cars all the time. They're either too lazy to rem ...

Grandma driving a car

No Soul Searching Required to Replace Older Kia

I currently have a 2012 Kia Soul, which I bought (used) to get something higher up off the road than my old Mazda 3. I live with my mother, who has a ...

Splash of water from a car passing by

Toyota's Rusty Frame May be More Than Meets the Eye

I just picked up this pristine, one-owner 2014 Toyota FJ Cruiser with 25,000 miles that lived outside in Newport News, Virginia. The body is fantastic ...

Car oil being poured in the car engine

Get a Full and Complete Answer When Asking for Oil Blends

I really like the way you support us older gals who have to deal with car repair issues in a male-dominated industry. My question concerns how to keep ...

Car dashboard icons

Flickering Dash Lights May be an Easy Fix, No Zippo Required

I have a 2011 Ford Crown Victoria retired police car. The dashboard lights and gauges do not work most of the time.

Cars in the parking lot

Growing Options for Carless Folks Looking for Rides

I recently gave up my Toyota RAV4 Hybrid XLE when my lease was up. I am now without my own car for the first time since 1955.

White Camper Van

For Road Trip to Mom's Birthday, Not All RVs Are Created Equal

My mom's 100th birthday is next month, and I'd love to be there for it. She lives in New York. I'm in Ohio. Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, I'm st ...

Car windshield with rain drops

Don't Ignore Check Engine Light on Rough-Driving Volvo

I have a 2004 Volvo S60, grayish-green, with an engine problem that has occurred three times. It happens when the engine is warm. After I've made a br ...

Yellow Volkswagen Beetle Convertible

Buying a VW Beetle Could be a Dream Come True

I have liked the Volkswagen Beetle from the very beginning. I even considered buying a VW thing back in the day but never did. I've never owned a Beet ...

A lady checking the car engine

When Checking Oil Levels, Temperature is Key

My daughter has a red 2013 Subaru Outback with 85,000 miles on it. She was driving from Omaha to Wichita when the "check oil level" light came on in t ...

Man checking the car engine

Strong Gasoline Fumes May Warrant a Trip to the Dealership

Every time my wife fills up her 2008 Mercedes CLK 350, the garage reeks of gasoline fumes. We have had our local mechanic (not the Mercedes dealership ...

Asphalt road

How Soon is Too Soon to Add Highway Miles to New Cars?

Is this an old wives' tale or is it true? I've been under the impression for over 50 years that it is a good idea to get a new car out on the highway ...

Man checking tire air pressure

Rounding Up Slightly is Fine for Round, Strong Tires

As the dad of a nuclear family of four, I am the shade tree mechanic for a fleet of four vehicles. I do stuff like oil changes and bulb replacements a ...

Hipster friends inside a van

Element in Hand Likely Worth Two on the Used Car Lot

I'm going to college in the fall, and my parents want to give me their 2004 Honda Element. The Element has 140,000 miles on it, and my grandpa says it ...

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