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#1006: A Gassy Dog and a Heated Car

Original Air Date: 02.06.2010

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This week on Car Talk, Marianne in Oakland is especially eager to find out why her Volvo's blowing a lot of hot air. She rides with her dog, and Fido's got a bit of a flatulence problem. In her overly warm car, the combination is producing a stench that could qualify as canine chemical warfare. Meanwhile, Chris in New Hampshire loves his decommissioned Crown Vic, except that it's doubling his commute time, because everyone else on the road thinks he's a cop and slows down. Can Tom and Ray offer any de-copification tips? Also, couples debate winter car washes and parking brake ratcheting, and we find out why mechanics love Saab owners. All this, plus a new puzzler from the Paint by Numbers series, and lots more, this week on Car Talk.

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This Week's Puzzler

No new puzzler this week. Find out!

Last Week's Puzzler

Grandma comes into the shop with her aging Lincoln Town Car complaining of reduced mileage and a rough engine. Immediately after learning she drives on dirt roads, Manny diagnoses the problem. What did he learn?

Show Open Topic

The word is "Subris"-- Subaru + Hubris. Will our listeners suggest other, new automotively-inspired vocabulary?

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    Bark in the Lock

    by TR3

    The only things worse than using a torch or stump remover would be acid or epoxy. If you leave or introduce residue like ashes or stump remover, your lock will 'gunk up' and be worthless. You can go to a locksmith and he could pull the wood out with a tool known as a "broken key extractor". You could also try it yourself with a broken coping saw blade (insert so the teeth grab when pulling it out of the lock) combined with a vacuum cleaner to draw out sawdust and splinters.


    The Subris of Some Drivers

    Car Talk listener Walt Webert coins a new phrase.

    An Ill-Conceived Getaway

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