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#1103: The Superball Bumper

Original Air Date: 01.15.2011

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Two years after losing Reverse in her Jetta, Tanya in California has developed several strategies to make sure she never has to go backwards. This week on Car Talk, she's going to learn one more from Tom and Ray: bouncing off whatever happens to be in front of her. Other pupils in the show include Jason, who wants to know if his wife's theory on gas mileage is totally wacko, and Tiffany, who awaits the Grand Tappet Jury's verdict on whether she destroyed two of her boyfriend's trucks in one day. Also, the Northeast blizzard claims a Camry, and what would attract a swarm of bees to a '72 El Camino? All this, plus a new Puzzler from the world of Lower Mathematics, and lots more, this week on Car Talk.

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This Week's Puzzler

From our Department of Lower Mathematics: can you figure out another way to measure a diesel truck's gas tank? Find out!

Last Week's Puzzler

What is the smallest numbers of crossings needed to save the family and their dog? Find out!

Show Open Topic

Tom and Ray share a few concerns about the possible culture clash between Fiat and Chrysler.

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    Show Review - 1438

    by Anonymous

    Show Review - 1439

    by Anonymous

    You need a tune-up

    by dcochrane

    You're missing some bolts on the Super Bumper advice. My husband says, "You had a random misfire!" When the gal couldn't use reverse, you recommended hitting the gas and bouncing off the wall! That's fine, however, a pogo stick duct taped to the bumper would be a rebounding success!

    DIY Rubber Bumpers

    by HelloKali

    A couple of years ago, my boyfriend crashed his car into a fence, tearing off the front bumper. The fix was quick, not to mention a great improvement on Honda's original design: he grabbed a broken section of the chain link fence and zip-tied it to the intact frame of the car to create a grill, then grabbed one worn out car tire, cut it in half, and bolted the two halves to the grill. He could safely bump anything up to 20 mph, including my car. It was too much fun, and fit right in here in DIY-loving Tennessee.

    Miffed for two seconds

    by YpaySOME1else

    I really enjoyed the show today (1104), BUT I was miffed for two seconds at the statment "...women do not like to get dirty..." and when that woman stated "...women do not like to work on cars." I have been interested in cars since I was 8 or 9. This was not incouraged. I tried to get into autoshop in 9th grade (92-93) 11th grade and 12th grade. 9th and 10th I was told that girls could not join the class and 12th grade my mom would not let me. In 1998 I bought a Vogue Silver Honda Civic Hatchback and I did my work. I would talk her to the "Hobby Shop" on base and the guys would help when I needed and let me do what I needed to w/o assistance. I currently own a 2000 Dodge Ram 1500 conversion van and I have replaced my -PCV valve -Frount breaks Lt & Rt -oil & filter -transmission filter -spark plugs and wires -inner frount wheel barrings -air filter -hearter control switch -fuses -back lightbulbs -that fuse for the battery -the battery -rotery button -distributor cap -windshheil wiper motor -top all fluids -put "sea foam" in oil and gas -replaced the t-valve on my heater hose on the Dodge dealers service lot while visiting my mom in Boston (my favorite job yet. i got two job offers) Many women may not like to get dirty/work on cars, but this one enjoys the saticfaction of a job well gone and to know that I was not over charged on labor. I do not know everything, but I am not afraid to get dirty and I will reseach what I need to do before starting the job.

    Favorite Moment: The pilot planing to live out of a vehical. Funny stuff.

    DIY Rubber Bumpers

    by Anonymous

    A couple of years ago, my boyfriend crashed his car into a fence, tearing off the front bumper. The fix was quick, not to mention a great improvement on Honda's original design: he grabbed a broken section of the chain link fence and zip-tied it to the intact frame of the car to create a grill, then grabbed one worn out car tire, cut it in half, and bolted the two halves to the grill. He could safely bump anything up to 20 mph, including my car. It was too much fun, and fit right in here in DIY-loving Tennessee.

    Best One !

    by Anonymous

    Good Show. Love <a href="http://www.autopart-stores.com">Auto Bumper</a>

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