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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?

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

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    barking door lock

    by misterfixit1967

    Stump Out comes in a powder form. I have used it. One drills holes in the stump, pours the powder in then in six weeks soaks the stump and adds a match to the stump to burn it to the ground. It would be better to let a few carpenter ants into the cylinder to chew the wood, swallow it, leave the area and take a dump far from the lock cylinder. An even more efficient solution would be to remove the lock cylinder and take it to a lock smith and let him do his magic on it!!!

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