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#0909: Step Away from the Blanket, Paula!

Original Air Date: 02.28.2009

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This week on Car Talk, Paula in Maine is convinced that the only thing getting her Subaru to start on really cold mornings is the warm blanket she's throwing on the hood. Tom and Ray are convinced Paula's a wacko, but, can they offer a better explanation? Also, Escort owner Steve plays a game of Hide and Seek--with his battery; Avital in California wonders if motor oil separates a la Paul Newman salad dressing; and is a 10-dollar fix too expensive for a Toyota owner who's decided to only make "necessary" repairs? All this, plus a hernia-inducing puzzler from Ray, on this week's encore edition of Car Talk.

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Paula and her Blanket Good Try

by williamedonnelly

Well, Paula, if you think your blanket ritual is working, then go for it. My experience. I had a '74 Dodge Dart V8. After some years of owning it, there were serious starting problems starting it on cold weather mornings in S.E. Pennsylvania. My variation was to start it in the early evening to warm it up, then cover the hood with a thick, quilted moving blanket. The next morning, in bitter cold, the car started flawlessly. Without the blanket, during the bitter cold, I always had to rely on a jump start. Good for you Paula. Good show.

Favorite Moment: Car talk hosts doubting Paula's theory/ritual.

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