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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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Too much fake laughter!

by Anonymous

Guys! I've been a fan since gosh knows how long but about 20 years. Last year I began to count the seconds between that fake laugh of Ray's. Do your own count. My count is 10.5 seconds on average between fake laughs. Hey, is everything THAT funny? Unless you're turning into a babbling fool, (and I really don't think so) then you might want to consider my comment. Good show even after 20 years but the Ho, Ho, Ho is just getting to be boring.

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