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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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This Week's Puzzler

Ray helps his neighbor move a woodstove. Can you figure out what trick the neighbor used to get his loaded VW van up the slippery driveway? Find out!

Last Week's Puzzler

A husband and wife go to buy a used car. The salesman shows them a late model Japanese car that he says the owner only drove to work and back, and to church on Sunday. She never left town nor drove on Saturday. How did they know he was lying? Find out. Find out!

Show Open Topic

Tom and Ray share a few of their favorite lawyer jokes.

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I don't think I have ever laughed so hard. At least not in a long time. If you want to release some good endorphines or improve your mental health while still learning a little, listen to these guys. What a joy you bring during these economic times. I think we forget to laugh. God bless you guys!!!!

Favorite Moment: When you make fun and laugh at everyones' attempt to be profound, smart, innovative or just downright creative but silly. I like how you teach us to laugh at ourselves and not take us, our ideas, or our possession so seriously. Thanks guys! Love the jokes too!

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Ever wondered how many lawyers it really takes to change a light bulb? Tom and Ray have the answers!

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