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#1130: Tickling the Electrons

Original Air Date: 07.23.2011

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This week on Car Talk, are you ready for some wacko theories? Dennis in California puts Tom and Ray to the test, pondering his friend's contention that the best way to charge a dead car battery is by turning on every accessory in sight. Is there anything to this notion of "tickling the electrons"? Elsewhere in Wackyland, Jenny is convinced that her Civic has a harder time starting when its gas tank's not full; Linda needs to retro-fit her ATV to make it a good Summer sled-dog training vehicle; and mechanic-turned-sculptor Coby learns what happens when you add a few extra tons to a half-ton pickup. All this, plus some choice Last Words, and lots more, this week on Car Talk.

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This Week's Puzzler

3rd Open: Mail--The Poem ??Tom Green??s Auto?? and Puzzler Apology 1:50 Find out!

Last Week's Puzzler

2nd Open: Mail. ??Last Words?? 2:15 from 0128. Also used in 0629) Find out!

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Gas conservation idea - brick in the gas tank.

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A bunch of sissies?

by Anonymous

Tom and Ray: Love your show, have for years, laugh out loud funny and educational. During the Stump the Chumps segment, one of you blurted out the phrase "a bunch of sissies". I was surprised. In my youth it was used as an insult to mean a male that was not manly, but acted like a woman, feminine or gay. It is also an insult to females since it implies that femininity is the less desirable state of being. Maybe we can all find a new phrase.

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