A Very Late-Night Emergency Clutch Repair

The Puzzler

RAY: Remember that I mentioned that the brakes and the clutch use the same fluid?

What he brought back from the restaurant was a soda straw. He placed the straw in the brake fluid reservoir, put his finger on the end, and took the straw out. He moved it over to the clutch master cylinder, took his finger off and the fluid dripped into the cylinder.

TOM: He did that a couple of times, and he was good to go!

RAY: Right. And, that's not enough so that the brakes don't work, unless you are out of brake fluid.

TOM: In which case, you're really in trouble.

RAY: Do we have a winner?

TOM: We certainly do. The winner is Michael Tillman from Glen Rock, New Jersey. And for having his answer selected at random from among all the correct answers that we got, Michael is going to get a 26-dollar gift certificate to the Shameless Commerce Division at Car Talk.com, with which he can get a set of Car Talk lackey mugs. These are mugs that are covered with the names of people from our credits.

RAY: Like the guy who runs our single mothers' support group, Erasmus B. Dragon?

TOM: Yeah, and our marriage counselor, Marion Haste. There are different names on every mug. It'll give you and your guests something to read when you run out of things to talk about.

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