#1004: The $30,000 Paperweight

Original Air Date: 01.23.2010

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This week on Car Talk, a winter driving tip from Katie in Boulder: don't leave your Mini parked in a four-inch deep puddle, unless you want to find it encased in four inches of ice, up to its rims. The question now is, can Tom and Ray stop laughing long enough to help her figure out a way to extricate it? Also, a water pump replacement turns into a scavenger hunt in the engine of a '96 Civic; an unfortunate oyster shucking incident somehow leads to a new noise in a Ford Escort; and the condition of the seats may be what determines if it's worth putting a new transmission in a '93 Volvo. All this, plus a new puzzler from Ray's Uncharted Waters series, and more, this week on Car Talk.

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This Week's Puzzler

How can a solo sailor substitute for a feeler gauge to adjust a spark plug? See if you can figure out Ray's puzzler. Find out!

Last Week's Puzzler

Ray's cousin Vinnie bought two American-made cars at an auction. One was made in the early 60's and the other was manufactured in the mid 70's. He bet Ray that Ray wouldn't be able to tell which one was which. What were the cars? Find out!

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The problem with bringing barbecue forks to a house fire.

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$30K paperweight

by Ihor

Guys, there was a simple and cheap way the free the Mini, just plain water!! Either applied via 5 gallon buckets or a garden hose, the wheel would have been freed in under 5 minutes!! A creative solution? No, but the simplest and cheapest.

Frozen Mini


You numb nuts spent minutes telling the guy to extract his Mini from the icy grip of the frozen puddle with force and/or lifting. What's wrong with a bag of salt....?


"Hah! We're Back!"

What could Ray's trademark phrase really mean?

Here for the Barbecue

Unfortunate timing makes these neighbors look incredibly callous.

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