Ray Magliozzi

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Gas pump nozzle

Fuel Injectors on Modern Cars May be Targeted for A.D.P.s

I have a 2019 Subaru Ascent that I like very much. It has slightly less than 22,000 miles.

Happy Chinese couple

Cash In on Trade-In Value and Enjoy the Newest Safety Features

I own a 2011 Lexus ES350 with 150,000 miles. The car has been dealer maintained from day one and has never given me a problem.

Man and woman inside the car wearing a medical face mask

Adapting Your Car's Air Circulation in the Age of COVID-19

I'm retired but had been driving with Uber for the past couple of years. I haven't driven since COVID-19 started but plan to resume.

Couple with new car

Safety Features Abound on the Suburu Outback

I talked to you and your brother years ago on your radio show and ended up taking your advice and selling my ancient VW Squareback for a slightly used ...

Shadow of a moving car

When to Know the Right Time to Replace Your Timing Belt

My daughter was given a 1995 Toyota Corolla by a family friend, who inherited it from a late relative. The car has 65,000 miles.

White Toyota Prius on autumn road in rainy day

Towing With a Prius is Possible, But at Your Own Risk

I have a 2013 Toyota Prius V hybrid with 68,000 miles that I love. It has been trouble-free. It has hauled me, my dog and all our gear on many fun vac ...

Close up image of a car exhaust pipe

Jeep's Big Bang Issue is Exhausting All Options

I have a 1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee with a 6-cylinder engine and 4-wheel-drive. I never had any problems with it until recently.

Woman in the middle of a snowy road with a broken car

Jump Starts Can Be More Complicated with Newer Cars

We live in Minnesota and have two 2009 cars, which we park on the street. Last winter, the battery failed on one of our cars when the temperature had ...

Man in the gasoline station

A World Without Gas Caps is Here

In a recent column, you talked about how a vehicle's emissions system monitors itself for leaks. And that if a gas cap is loose and lets vapors escape ...

Two cars collided with the owners beside it

Better Options Available in Aftermarket Warning Systems

I have a 2007 GMC Sierra 1500 pickup truck. It is in great condition and has low miles. I would like to install (or have installed) one of the latest ...

Man and woman with beside the road

Aerosol Flat Fixers Should Be Used Only as a Last Resort

We were on vacation and got a flat tire that was caused by a screw. A good Samaritan saw our dilemma and offered us a can of aerosol flat fixer and ai ...

Speedometer during night drive

For Phantom Car Issues, Check the 'Pending Codes'

I have a 2004 Saturn Vue with a Honda V-6 engine and 150,000 miles. I bought the car with 54,000 miles on it.

City road and bridge during sunset

Electric Vehicles Will Lessen -- But Not Eliminate -- Road Noises

I was wondering how much traffic noise comes from engines and how much from tires on pavement? My house is near an urban expressway.

Close up image of a windshield and steering wheel

Shiny Dashboards are a Common Plague of Newer Cars

Toyota recently had a recall on Toyota Camrys for melting dashboards. I did not respond to the recall, because my car did not have this problem.

A young woman driving

No Need to Reinvent the Wheel, or Overpay, for Cosmetic Issue

I own a 2005 Honda CR-V with 125,425 miles. It's in good shape. The worst feature on the car right now is rusted wheels.

Winter traffic

"Always On" Taillights a Cheap, Effective Safety Enhancement

We have occasional days of poor visibility -- be it fog, rain, snow or just that half-light we get at dusk and dawn. During these times, I have follow ...

White Tesla Sedan

"Pilgrim's" Car Reflects Progress in Cleaner Energy

I was out for my biweekly run, and I saw that one of my neighbors had parked some wheeled conveyance in his driveway that I didn't recognize. It had n ...

1950 Off White Ford Pickup Interior

Retiring Teacher Wants Zero Frills for First New Car

I'm nearing the age of retirement from public school teaching. I've enjoyed reading your column for years, as it has been helpful in teaching me how t ...

Ford F-150 Raptor

Cold-Start Rattle on Ford EcoBoost Engine Points to VCT Issue

I'm driving a 2018 Ford F150 with a 3.5L EcoBoost engine. About six months ago, at around 25,000 miles, it developed a cold-start rattle.

Woman with a broken car engine

Clicking, Pinging or Zhinging Can Help Diagnose Starting Issue

I have a 2006 Ford Fusion that is working well, except for a periodic starting issue. Every now and then, when I turn the key, I hear a metallic "ping ...

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