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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!

Show Open Topic

Gas conservation idea - brick in the gas tank.

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need more meat

by Anonymous

i am pretty tired with all the filler on the show. let's get on with talking about cars. the name of the show is 'car talk.' that should give you some direction.

Above & beyond

by Anonymous

At the recommendation of my regular repair shop, I went to Summit Transmission and Jerry Kubitsky. My shop was puzzled by the "issue" with my transmission and said Jerry is the best transmission guy in San Diego. Well, they were right. Not only did he take extra time (with patience) to explain the detail of the problem. After he thought is was resolved, there was still a question. Instead of being satisfied with the result, Jerry took more time and effort, on his own, to further research the issue. He found a remote issue and spent another 10 or so hours redoing things, and another $300 or so in extra parts. I (and most others) would have been OK with the first fix or would have never known the difference. I am so grateful that he went above and beyond the expected and the basic repair. I am now confident my jeep will be with me for many more years. I love that jeep and want to keep it awhile longer. Jerry was fabulous, patient, and honest.

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