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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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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 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!

Excellent advise

by swissmiss

Hello Tom and Ray, You were being totally perfect today when you were speaking to Leah. Yes, learning is important but enjoying the process is essential! You also put it into perspective for her, this is just a part of her life; your kids are lucky to have you as Dad's

Favorite Moment: When you told the story about the guy taking flight in his lawn chair and dropping his rifle! I have never heard you both laugh so hard! It was great.

college grades

by batejani


You guys sanctioned animal abuse!

by Anonymous

I completely agree with the previous reviewers who are disgusted with Hope from Atlanta who cruelly laughed at the danger she put her dog through by tethering it inadequately in the back of her open pickup truck. Even worse, you guys didn't even mention how inhumane and dangerous this is. Would you support leaving a baby in a loosely-secured or untethered car seat, or alone in a hot car? I think not, and yet this is similarly irresponsible, inhumane behavior. You should have chastised Hope, not laughed with and encouraged her stupidity and cruelty. She doesn't at all deserve the companionship of a dog if she can't more thoughtful care for it. Also, in some states (CA, NH, FL, RI, MA, VA, OR, are some), it's illegal to have a dog in the back of an open pick up truck AT ALL, or only if it is cross-tethered or in a secured crate, which clearly Hope's dog was not -- ironically, she started her trip in one of the states where her tethering method was illegal, CA (so I doubt she visited her local Humane Association as she says, since no SPCA or humane society would condone her method of transporting her dog). The ONLY humane way to travel with a dog is to keep it INSIDE the vehicle, preferably restrained in a crate or by a dog-specific harness/seat belt. If Hope or other drivers can't handle this simple and responsible action, they should have their driver's licenses -- and their dogs -- removed from their careless hands. And shame on Ray and Tom for not seeing the seriousness of this situation and failing to use their show to educate and encourage more humane treatment of dogs and all living thing.

Favorite Moment: None. I was angry and disgusted with the show, and after listening for over 12 years, I might skip it for a while.


by Anonymous

Must listening to all alums and friends of Mount Holyoke College.

Favorite Moment: When the letter writer actually calls in.

too good to miss

by cmonti

wonderful program, I wish I could have woken my wife up for - but I value my life... She looks forward to the podcast. Keep up the good work team.

Favorite Moment: The whole thing was a crazy mix of fun


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