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#0845: Zen Dad, Reasonable Raymie and Nutso Tommy

Original Air Date: 11.08.2008

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This week on Car Talk, to honk or not to honk? That's the question for Jakob and his Buddhist dad out in Redding, California. Is a quick toot the best corrective for a driver who cut you off, or should you just let it go, man? Or, should you follow Tommy's advice, which could buy you some meditative time in the slammer? Also, we hear about tropical storms in a Miata, a Subaru with "squirrels in a blender" syndrome, Iliana's alarming parking fixation, and what to do when your mechanic's hearing loss could mean your engine loss. All this, plus a new puzzler from Ray's Classic Car series, this week on Car Talk.

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This Week's Puzzler

Just how many buyers bought how many cars, at the classic car auction? Ray poses a puzzler that's truly a numerical conundrum! Find out!

Last Week's Puzzler

What's the explanation for the funny math Ray overhears at the diner? Find out!

Show Open Topic

A letter from a listener who's fixated on excellent parallel parking technique-- from her dates.

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by olhippie

You guy's really missed it this time! On a miata ragtop, the rain runs off the top, down the sides and into a DRAIN Hole on each side of the top. Right behind where the seatbelts attatch (the shoulder part)(seatbelt tower) There is a small hole, about 3/4 of an inch or so. They have a dendancy to get plugged up with leaves and such. This is the Hawaiians problem. There is NO way for water to get into the cabin from the cowl, unless there is a leak in the heater core.


by jmgravley

I've been listening to CarTalk for a longgg time now and if I miss a show, I'm disappointed. I'm sure other drivers think I'm nuts because I drive along laughing hysterically EVERY WEEK!!

Favorite Moment: I loved a previous show about the woman with the dead dog in her car. :-)

Tom and Ray forgot basic right-of-way rule

by RichardXeon

Raymie said the other driver was merging. That means the other driver was in an on-ramp on the right side of the road and unless Raymie was the first to reach the intersection of the road and the merging lane the other guy had the right of way. That is the rule and Raymie should have yielded. The first car at an uncontrolled intersection has the right of way unless both arrive at the same time in which case the one on the right has the right-of-way. An on-ramp intersects with the other road, even if it is at an angle it is still an intersection and the basic rule applies unless there is a Yield sign at the end of the on-ramp to alter the rules at that intersection.

The sexiness of parallel parking

Is there an evolutionary psychologist in the house?

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