No-Brainer of a Non-Starter
RAY: Here's the answer. Rob's wife had bought new floor mats. She had an Olds Achieva with a quad four engine and a five-speed manual transmission. And because she has a manual transmission she has a starter inhibit switch attached to her clutch pedal, which prevents the starter from engaging unless the pedal is depressed all the way to the floor.
And when she puts the new floor mat in, it prevented her from pushing the clutch far enough down. But when Rob gets in with his big legs, he has no trouble mashing this pedal to the floor.
So all she had to do was cut a piece off of the floor mat or pull it back a little bit, and voila! The car started. All the hints were there. So who's our winner?
TOM: The winner this week is Charles Gruber from Shaplee, Maine. Congratulations, Charles!
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