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#0939: The Civic Lullaby

Original Air Date: 09.26.2009

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This week on Car Talk, Sam in Florida has found the perfect way to get her newborn to stop fidgeting, but worries that she may end up in the Brake Job of the Month Club because of it. Find out her technique, and hear Ray's own kid-quieting strategy. Also, what happens when Tom and Ray's meddling in a marital dispute is, well, disputed? Plus, a college student tries to get the cigarette stink out of his car before his parents visit, and a Suzuki owner fixates on one of the millions of noises his car is making. All this, plus a new puzzler from the Loaves and No Fishes series, and the wisdom of Steven Wright, this week on Car Talk.

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This Week's Puzzler

Vagabonds divide a loaf of bread. How much should each get paid? Find out!

Last Week's Puzzler

Ray shares the answer to "Tommy's trip via biplane and jackass" puzzler. Which choice is the faster? Find out!

Show Open Topic

Tom and Ray share some classic Steven Wright-isms.

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Don't joke about carbon monoxide

by cantab

In 1989 my brother took his life in the manner described by your thoughtless St Louis caller. It is no laughing matter for the survivors, and I am disgusted that you encouraged the so-called medical caregiver to make her tactless joke about easier ways to commit suicide in a sealed garage.

Susan in Florida

by Anonymous

You forgot to ask Susan if rocking her baby led to disputes with cars behind or in front of her. I think this is unsafe driving practice and could lead to her car being rear ended causing harm to her and her baby. It may not hurt her car but it sure puts people in danger. Why is it that women think a car is for everything but driving from place to place. Your advice should have contained information on driving safety.

Favorite Moment: She should continue to use Led Zepplin and quit the squirrely driving practice.

compression test

by Hawke Lubey

today's (9/26/09) 9 AM CDT broadcast advised a caller to purchase a compression tester. An important step in using the tested was omitted in their instructions. "Open the throttle" is critical and often easily forgotten.

Saab 900


Concerning the '87 Saab 900 (Turbo!) that was capricious about turning over... I had an '80 Saab 900, and I quickly learned that if the oil dipstick was not well-seated, the car would not start, just like this guy's complaint. To my experience, that is a completely unique Saab thing, not that there might not be another half-dozen Swedish fetishes built in to thwart ignition when things were less than perfect. I loved my Saab 900, but it was hard to work on. I figured it was because I didn't know how to swear in Swedish. I've been listening to your show, it seems, all my life; and I am old.

The Best

by Anonymous

I can't always listen but when I do, I get in trouble. Letter to follow. Keep up the good work.

Favorite Moment: Any "Donna" story

I am a product of the civic lullaby

by Anonymous

What a fantastic show! I am 28 years young and when I was an infant my mother would strap me into the car seat in the back of our 1982 Honda Accord sedan and drive me around until the engine lull put me out. She says now that it usually only took about 4 blocks worth of driving before I zonked right out. To this day I still make a lousy passenger/navigator because if I am not behind the wheel, the engine/transmission/road noise in my autos tends to make me very woozy! It drives my wife nuts when we are on a road trip and it's her time to get behind the wheel because she expects me to engage in conversation for hours on end when all I can think about is closing my eyes and taking a nice nap.


Great Quotes from Steven Wright

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