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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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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


Great Quotes from Steven Wright

Sent in by listener Alden Adkins.

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