Kent's Exploding Ford Aerostar
RAY: This was sent in by Kent Hartfield from Texas. He says, "I was driving my Ford Aerostar down the road in Arlington, Texas, last June, when all of a sudden I heard a muffled BANG that was immediately followed by the motor dying." You get this? He's driving along...Ford Aerostar...all these things are important.
TOM: You don't have to tell me that, man. I know that every word you speak is a pearl.
RAY: Driving along...BOOM! Muffled boom. The motor dies. "I pulled off to the side of the road and popped the hood. This has a little hood because the engine is kind of buried. And looked to see what had happened. Once I saw what had happened, I thought, Gee, this is gonna cost a lot to have fixed. I closed the hood, got back in the van, started the engine and drove off."
RAY: What happened?
TOM: He didn't say where the boom-bang came from. But since he opened the hood, we can assume that it came from the front of the vehicle?
RAY: Well, I'll give you that. The muffled bang came from under the hood. From the engine compartment. And the motor stopped running.
TOM: Stopped running? And he said, "This is gonna be expensive to fix." Yet it started right up again. This is puzzling.
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