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#0839: The Van Dweller of my Dreams

Original Air Date: 09.27.2008

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This week on Car Talk, Tara in Palo Alto wonders if she's met Mr. Right. He's good looking, he goes to medical school, he eats without too much grunting--and he lives in his 1986 VW Vanagon. Which is where Tom and Ray come in. Is his choice of domicile reason for Tara to lace up her sneakers and run, or just one more point in his favor? Also this week, a mysterious clutch malady at 2,000 feet, another victim of the "essential fuel line flush" pitch comes forward, and one sure way to get a mechanic to do a favor for you--actually, it's a dozen ways, but they're all glazed or jelly-filled. All this, plus a new puzzler from Ray's Grand Theft Auto series, an instant game of Stump the Chumps, and lots more, this week on Car Talk.

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This Week's Puzzler

A car was stolen from a dealer's lot not once, but twice. The cops arrested the dealer. What did they spot? Find out!

Last Week's Puzzler

So, why was the dinner silverware magnetized? Find out!

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leaking fuel tank pressure

by peterjerome

hola C & C, a female caller had a problem where her gas tank was slowly losing vapor pressure. i believe this occured 3 times, each occurence about 3 weeks apart. her 'problem' was computer diagnosed by 2 computer geniuses (not you guys)as a failure to properly tighten her cap after filling the tank. you guys offered lots of solutions but didn't include the obvious simple explanation for this "the cap itself has a slow leak..." pedro middleburg hts, ohio

Favorite Moment: i have too may favs to list. love your show


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