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#0744: What's a Cooked Mini Between Friends?

Original Air Date: 11.03.2007

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This week on Car Talk, are you ready for your chance to live in Car Talk infamy? Well, then, do we have a challenge for you! We're "working," if we can use that word, on a new animated TV show that's missing one small detail like, say... a title. That's where you come in, Mr. Funny Man. Or Ms. Funny Woman. Hear how you can lend us a hand, and possibly score your very own cameo. No kidding. (Warning: it's animation. We reserve the right to make you fat and ugly, so be nice.) Also, what's a guilt-ridden battery jumpee to do when the jumper's electrical system goes bonkers? Why, call Car Talk, of course - and plead for absolution. Find out if Steve cooked Emily's Mini, and whether their friendship can be saved. Later, our Call of the Week forces Tom and Ray to wade deep into the always treacherous waters of Auto Physics. Specifically: does a car's tire pressure change when the car is lifted off the ground? Will our on-call physicist Wolfgang show up in time to bail our hosts out of Fluid Dynamics 101? And, ever wonder if the 3,000 mile oil change is just a GM conspiracy? No, we didn't think so, either. But that's what Marisol's husband's telling her. He claims 7,000 miles between oil changes is just peachy for her Cadillac. Is he right? Or is he part of the "engine destruction" conspiracy? Brace yourself for actual useful advice on how often to change your oil, and when a change-over to synthetic oil might make sense. All this, plus a new automotive puzzler, this week on Car Talk.

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This Week's Puzzler

Can you figure out why Joe is driving the Voyager? Find out!

Last Week's Puzzler

Each daughter has the same number of brothers and sisters. Each son has twice as many sisters as brothers. How many boys and girls are in the family? Find out!

Show Open Topic

Name the new Car Talk cartoon series coming from PBS!

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