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#1134: The Lexus Aquatic

Original Air Date: 08.20.2011

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This week on Car Talk, Dickie in Louisiana gets a big surprise when he takes the steering wheel off his girlfriend's Lexus-- and water comes gushing out the steering column. Dickie's hydraulic confrontation leads us to Car Talk mystery #1: Is it coming from above or below? (We're not talking about the water, we're talking about from which part of Ray's anatomy he's grabbing the answer.) Mystery #2 this week comes from the Northwest, where Bob is wondering just how much damage a sock can do when it gets sucked into the engine manifold. Also, Volvo introduces the remote dope slap, the Puzzler's work ethic is questioned, and on Stump the Chumps, we find out if a truck can be overpriced-- at $170. All that and lots more, this week on Car Talk.

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This Week's Puzzler

No new puzzler this week, due to the puzzler's summer vacation. Find out!

Last Week's Puzzler

No puzzler answer this week, due to the puzzler's summer vacation. Find out!

Show Open Topic

Tom and Ray open with a few suggestions from the Washington Post's "Invitational." The topic? How to make modern life more complicated.

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    Could life get any harder?

    It could definitely get more annoying!  Here's how.

    Volvo Dope Slap

    Here's a great example of the march of progress.

    The Puzzler's Work Ethic, Questioned

    Is the Puzzler a lazy, no-good sponger?

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