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#1003: The Madagascar Hissing Cockroach

Original Air Date: 01.16.2010

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This week on Car Talk, a creative birthday present spawns an auto-infestation crisis for Beatrice in Pennsylvania. The pregnant cockroach she got for dad got loose in the family BMW, and when it emerged, it may have left behind a few hundred cockroach juniors. Can the car be returned to its pre-bug state? Find out. Also, on Stump the Chumps, Tom and Ray find out if they correctly diagnosed the noise coming from Malcolm's steering wheel, and get a jaw-dropping reply; a VW tries to escape from its owner when it's parked; and has Tommy's dream job finally opened up? All this, plus a new puzzler from the Automotive History series, and lots more, this week, on Car Talk.

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This Week's Puzzler

A puzzler from the world of automotive history, concerning a bet with Cousin Vinny about two vintage cars. Could their years be told apart? Find out!

Last Week's Puzzler

Tommy has harvested 100 pounds of tomatoes, and he and the tomatoes weigh 248 pounds. After a week in the sun drying out, what would the scale read? Find out!

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The obituary of Prince Georgio of Seborga.

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    alternative diagnosis

    by Anonymous

    In the middle of the show 201003, caller 4, you suggested low transmission fluid as a possible solution to transmission/drivetrain noises/klunks for a ~ 30 year old car with 1/2 shafts in the rear. I have a 1982 Mercedes Benz 300D with the same problem. About a year ago the u-joint in the driveshaft froze/stiffened and the driveshaft and 1/2 shaft to one wheel from the differential were replaced. After a few months the inner CV joint on the half shaft leaked (spewed) grease. Upon further investiagtion the inner CV joint can rotate/slip around the half shaft and stub shaft into the differential; it is a faulty replacement part from a national auto parts store/supplier. In the near future I will replace the 1/2 shaft and the part supplier will honor the part warrenty.

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