Elusive Vacuum Leak
RAY: What did he do?
TOM: He put the plugs on the wrong...the spark-plug wires onto the wrong...
RAY: Yeah. He does this all the time, so I didn't think it was any big...
RAY: What he did by hooking up the spark-plug wires incorrectly and running the engine [was], he made it backfire through the intake manifold. And when that happens and you get combustion taking place in the manifold...
TOM: Ah! He saw a puff of smoke.
RAY: There you go. A puff of smoke. And he found the gasket that was blown.
RAY: That's where he saw the puff of smoke escape, and, boom! He ordered it, and nine hours later it was fixed.
TOM: Man, the flat-rate book gave you 21 hours to do that job, so you charged for 21 hours.
TOM: That's the way it goes.
RAY: Yeah. And Ken's car has never run the same since.
TOM: Boy, that's very good!
RAY: Do we have a winner this week?
TOM: I don't know. I have to look through these little pieces of paper.
RAY: Well, I need to satisfy the people who have an automotive interest. I had to have an automotive Puzzler at least...
RAY: Once in the current Puzzler season.TOM: We have a winner, and his name is Ron Juris from Saginaw, Michigan.
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