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Emission Mission

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RAY: The other day in the shop I had two Toyota Camrys each side by side. One of them didn't run. It cranked and you turn the key and wa, wa, wa, but it wouldn't fire up. And other one was in for an emissions test. So I tell Ralph to do these two cars. So he takes the emissions tester probe. He sticks it in the tail pipe of the car, which he is supposed to do the emissions test on. He opens the hood. The next thing I know he is cranking this car, wa, wa, wa.

TOM: It won't start.

RAY: He then takes the probe out of the tailpipe, sticks it in the other car. He gets into the car that wouldn't start. And he turns the key and of course, it doesn't start. It does the same thing that the first car did. Wa, wa, wa. I say to him, "What the hell are you doing?"

TOM: You must have assumed that he went to the wrong car.

RAY: That's what I assumed at first. I didn't know what he was doing. He then explains to me what he is doing. I say ah ha! What's he doing?

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