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#1430: The Andy Letter

The real Andy poses the question.

Original Air Date: 07.26.2014

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This week on Car Talk, do two people who don’t know what they’re talking about know more or less than one person who doesn’t know what he’s talking about? Andy thinks Tom and Ray’s recent “pas-de-deux of breath-taking speculation” on electric brakes may have answered this question definitively. Elsewhere, Evan’s son stuffed a golf ball into her car’s exhaust, and she worried it may land a hole-in-one right in the middle of her engine; Christine can’t evict a colony of ants living in her car’s headliner; and Todd’s noisy truck gives Tom a chance to re-live his Army days with the long-suffering Sgt. McNeeley. Also, one listener’s proposal to re-arrange the days of the week—it’s brilliant, even if it does leave us with five Tuesdays. All this and more, this week on Car Talk.

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Show Open: How to drive your co-workers crazy.

Segment 2
Your husband can fix it, but you might have to sell the car with him stuck in it.

Segment 3
Everything's moving, except the wheels.

Segment 4
Ants in the headliner.

Segment 5
2nd Open: The Andy Letter: "A veritable pas-de-deux of breathless speculation."

Segment 6
Angie's bad mileage.

Segment 7
"Everyone will get a pass this weekend, except Private Maaaglleeeozi"

Segment 8
3rd Open: How many Wednesdays can one week handle?

Segment 9
Anna's husband, the tire squealer.

Segment 10
My engine needs a bath to keep running.

Segment 11
You may need a Mufflerectomy.

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How to annoy your co-workers. Listen Now

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The Andy Letter

Do two people who know nothing know more, or less, than one person who knows nothing? Andy settles it once and for all in this classic Car Talk letter. Read it here.

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