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#0848: Click and Clack's Campus Counseling: A's are Overrated!

Original Air Date: 11.29.2008

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On this week's encore edition of Car Talk, college student Lea pleads for guidance though the existential crisis otherwise known as freshman year. How does she deal with the prospect of becoming an adult? And, come to think of it, why in Bluto Blutarsky's name does she think Tom and Ray can help? Also, a cross-country move gets expensive for one caller, after her Great Dane decides to see the USA from the hood of her pickup, a Mazda owner wonders what a flashing coolant light and low coolant could mean, aside from the fact that she's low on coolant, and is there any car-related sound more annoying than a mechanic endlessly repeating, "I promise, this time it really is fixed!" All that, plus greetings from the self-proclaimed Automotive Bermuda Triangle of the Midwest, this week on a special encore edition of Car Talk.

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This is the song: Beep, Beep, Beep (Moonlight Sonata) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=21LtgAO0dx4

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Thanks you!

by Jacmac

I was surprised and so pleased when you talked about and to Lea. Like her, I'm a Mount Holyoke freshman, and throughout high school I strove for a perfect GPA. But you've helped me put things back into perspective. So thanks for the wonderful wisdom! PS: So.. how much for homework now?

Favorite Moment: When you told Moran to shape up. Ha!

Moonlight Sonata Spoof

by Charles218

I found the spoof on Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata", it is here - http://www.amazon.com/Bonus-Track-Beep-Moonlight-Sonata/dp/B001CKFK48 A great little ditty!!!

hills and valleys

by koni

Your advice to the Mt Holyoke student was wonderful, but you fell far short with the idiot professor who tied her dog so it could stand on the roof and drove from California. I think we should tie a rope around her neck and take her on a test drive. I'll drive.

Bs as good as As? Nuts!

by mmersic

Sorry, I only got to hear the part of the show where good grades were being denounced...so my comments relate to that: With no other information to decide on, I'll take the doctor that got As vs the one that got Bs to operate on me. I'll take the engineer that got As vs the one that got Bs to build my bridges...Saying that the person who gets Bs is just as good at X as the person who got As is delusional. High school grades determine (in part) what kind of college you can get into (as they should). College grades (in part) determine what kind of job you can get (as they should). What else should a college or an employer look at, how well you play World of Warcraft? Give me a break...Grades should and do matter. Of course, grades aren't everything. You have to do your own personal cost/benefit. Maybe getting into the best college isn't important to you, maybe getting the best job out of college isn't important to you, then the best grades should probably be less important to you.

Great entertainment

by salesguy2

I liked it because it gets a verity of people to respond. It is interesting to see how many people don't have a clue about what makes a car start and stay running smoothly. My own experience has been the 37 years that I have managed and sold in the automobile business.

Favorite Moment: Today the the gentleman (Areon-I believe) that called in saying his 1985 Chrysler product, he was given several year ago. He had a noise coming from the rear of the Chrysler. I believe from my delivery experiences, that was more an adjustment of the exhaust system and hanger. There was on older cars a finger welded to the muffler and there was a hanging fixed (stationary) guide for the finger to travel up and down as the frame shifted with the torque of engine at idol and take off. It happen to me on the delivery of a new car. Hope you can offer the solution to the gentleman with the noise problem. I am not a tech. but have lots of things I have had to deal with. Story in its self!

Keep the Good Times Rollin'!

by gabyderek

LOOOOOVE the Guys... LOOOOOVE the callers and LOOOOVE the problems, situations, personalities and wonderful variety of people created in this wonderful land. Keep the show going! I do my share to contribute to my local NPR station - modest as it is.

Favorite Moment: Any time I hear Tommy and Ray laugh. It is exquisite. My day and life is instantly happy!

It's About Time

by debbiejarnaginstearns

Hey guys-It's so refreshing to hear someone take the pressure off the already frantic college students who are sweating their upcoming finals before the holidays

Favorite Moment: When you told Leah to promise not to make any A's! Those of us who could make all A's but have learned (the hard way) the truth of everything you said all let out a cheer at that point!

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