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#0918: The Return of Paula and the Blanket

Original Air Date: 05.02.2009

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This week on Car Talk we welcome back one of our favorite wackos, Paula from Portland, Maine, for a round of Stump the Chumps. Paula claimed that the only way she could get her Subaru to start in the dead of winter was by laying a blanket across the hood. Tom and Ray offered an alternative starting method that didn't involve bedroom accessories. We'll find out if they were right-- and if Paula's neighbors have stopped whispering about her behind her back. Also, Cathy in Washington faces the ire of her family over her deep desire to buy a Saab, Ellen in Massachusetts' key ring turns her father apoplectic, and we get a lesson in how not to use a Dremel tool from Chris in Minnesota. All this and more on this week's encore edition of Car Talk.

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Oh Claire!

by raythejanitor

Loved the show guys, but your advice to Claire from Wisconsin was waaaay off the mark! My brother had the same problem and we fixed it with a 5-cent clothespin. He clipped the clothespin to the light switch, then whenever he turned on the lights he noticed the clothespin, which he then took and clipped to the ignition keys. When he went to turn off the ignition he noticed the clothespin and thus remembered to turn off the headlights. He sometimes even remembered to clip the clothespin back to the headlight switch too! Way cheaper than rewiring the lights, and I'd think a couple of cheapskates like you would have figured this one out a long time ago.

Favorite Moment: It wan 1976 and I was with Sherri Sue, but your review tips said to keep it clean so I won't go into detail. --Ray DeJanitor

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