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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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Who's a 'Yankee'

by Anonymous

Heard during today's show that you were mildly surprised when the guy from Illinois identified himself as a 'Yankee'. Guess you haven't heard of the hierarchy of 'Yankee-ness'. It goes as follows: Outside the U.S., a Yankee is anyone from the U.S. In the U.S., generally, a Yankee is anyone who resides north of the Mason-Dixon Line. North of the Mason-Dixon Line, a Yankee is anyone from New England. In New England, a Yankee is anyone from Boston. In Boston, a Yankee is anyone who eats pie for breakfast. There you have it. Peter Lee Milwaukee, WI

A new Player?

by Anonymous

Do you suppose "Maureen Briology" will become a new member of the Car Talk Staff?

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