Q: I removed the gas tank from my 1995 Ford Ranger extended cab so I could replace the fuel pump. The old fuel pump inside the tank has two hoses running from it that are not connected to anything. When I install the new fuel pump, what do I do with those hoses?

Q: I have a question about my 2003 Buick Regal. I've been a diesel mechanic for 40 years, and I'm now retired. I need to change the rack and pinion on my Buick, but I need some instructions. Every time I try to ask this question online, all I get are listings of places that sell the unit. I …

Q: I’ve always been told not to run my gas tank to empty. Not because I might get stuck, but because the fuel pump will pick up trash at the bottom of the tank and cause the filter to clog up. Is this still true? Or is it no longer true for newer models? Remember, not all of us drive newer c…

Q: I’ve always been told not to run my gas tank to empty. Not because I might get stuck, but because the fuel pump will pick up trash at the bottom of the tank and cause the filter to clog up. Is this still true? Or is it no longer true for newer models? Remember, not all of us drive newer c…

Q: There are times when I discover that my cruise control is "on" but not engaged. Is driving like that doing any damage, such as lowering my gas mileage? -- Michael

Q: I was born in 1947 and lived through the whole “Woodie” era. I knew people who had them, and they were considered special, like a Lexus or Land Rover might be today. But I have always wondered if that was real wood. Was it? — Ronald

Q My wife and I are at odds over what vehicle to get our 16-year-old daughter. I am currently driving a 10-year-old Mercedes-Benz E350 with 81,000 miles and am interested in moving up to possibly Tesla’s model S. I love the E350 and have maintained it faithfully, and think it would be a good…

Q: Five years ago, I bought a 2012 Volvo S60 demo with only 4,000 miles on it. It has been a great car and now has just 58,000 miles on it. But over the past few months, the car has developed a loud clunking sound and slight jerking of the car when I go from park to drive, or park to reverse…

Q. This is not a car question as much as it is a husband question. My husband insists that it's safe to drive, even on highways at highway speed, with just one index finger curled around the steering wheel. Driving with him can be positively scary. Can you please set him straight? Thank you!

Q. The automatic transmission in my 2018 Honda Civic hatchback doesn't slow me down if I shift down to second gear. I want to use it for going down hills, but it doesn't seem to hold the speed down like my old '05 Civic did. Is the new transmission not made to do that?

Q. While browsing cartalk.com recently (I had nothing better to do ... I was at work), I came across a user's comment that a vehicle that is driven less than 10 miles per outing is more likely to develop engine problems. I hate to sound like "the little old lady who only drives to church on …

Q. I change the oil in our cars, mainly because I'm too cheap to pay what oil-change shops charge. Is there any way to test to see when the oil in a vehicle is almost worn out? Our cars vary widely in their use. One does a daily 15-mile commute; another goes 60,000 highway miles a year; and …

Q. My soon-to-be-80-year-old mom is a lifelong convertible driver. She currently drives a 2005 Chrysler Sebring Convertible with 64,000 miles on it. Over the years, the car seems to have gotten lower to the ground, and she's having difficulty getting into and out of it. For her birthday, I w…

Q. Our kids admitted that they spilled soda on the passenger-side belt buckle of the car they use. Now it doesn't latch in cold weather — not a good thing in Minnesota. My son's solution is to pour water on it and park it in the garage until it dries out. Not only would that make a mess, but…