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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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... about the foot on the clutch...

by Irek

In Europe, were there is more driven cars with the manual transmission then in US all drivers are taught to do what Kate is doing. As you stop on the red lights you press the clutch (left foot) and the break (right foot), you set the first gear and you wait for the lights to change. This way you stay alert and ready to go without waste of the time for changing the gears and aggravating people behind you. Usually in the manual transmission cars if you abruptly release the clutch with the gear engaged and the foot off the gas pedal the engine stalls and car barely moves, thus there is no chance for catapulting to the intersection. However if you fall asleep in automatic transmission car and you release break pedal then yes you can drive into the intersection. Therefore the argument about falling asleep or into some kind of coma goes against each and every driver in US driving automatic cars. To my surprise no one here changes to neutral on the red lights. Why is that? I think Kate was right and I am not a woman. Other than that I love your show. Irek

Favorite Moment: 2 many

Always enjoyable

by SpaceBlueMINI

I have a suggestion to get odors out of vehicles. There is a product called an "odor sponge" available unscented or pine scent. It is an 8oz jar with a screw off top and a white gel inside. To use all that is needed is to unscrew the top and remove the inner seal, then screw the top back on and place the jar near where you need to remove the odor. It works amazingly well on organic odors, such as dead animal smells, cigarette smells, musty odors, etc. Over the course of about 30 days they remove the odor. About your comments on driving a MINI on the highway. I have been driving a MINI for the past seven years. On the highway the car feels very solid and does not get pushed around by passing vehicles the way my old VW beetle used to. There are two forms of safety, active and passive. The Germans believe that the active form is just as important as the passive and have always designed their cars with excellent handling along with a very strong structure. They believe that you should be able to drive around many situations thereby preventing the accident in the first place. Americans, on the other hand, seem to think that surrounding you with huge amounts of steel and airbags that can't get out of it's own way is the way to go. Thank you very much but I will take a car that handles every time. Not to surprisingly, a car that handles is more fun to drive. Who would have guessed. Sorry, rant over.

Favorite Moment: Too many to count.

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.


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