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Author Archives: Tom and Ray Magliozzi / Syndicated columnists

Electric battery charger best bet

DEAR CAR TALK: Back in the old days (i.e. 1964), we used to think that if you had a low or dead battery, it would charge faster if the engine was running faster.

Daughter’s attraction fleeting for VW Beetle

DEAR TOM AND RAY: From the time she was 14 years old, our daughter was dying for a New Beetle, and she finally bought a brand-new one after college, in 2009.

Aging van’s door-open buzzer acting up

DEAR TOM AND RAY: I have a 1996 Ford Windstar in perfect condition that was driven for years by a little old lady.

Don’t turn off engine for stuck accelerator

DEAR TOM AND RAY: I’ve always heard that if your accelerator sticks, you could turn the key off (not to the locked position) to kill the engine, and then gently apply the brakes and steer car to safety.