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#1150: Blinker Transgressions

Original Air Date: 12.10.2011
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Ready for some automotive karma? Here's what happens when you try to turn back your odometer.

Call 1

Melet Leafgreen (Fort Worth, Texas) - 2005 Honda Accord

Melet was driving in a parking lot, not paying attention and ran over a space divider bump. The car seemed fine, except for a piece of the fender liner that was hanging--so she ripped it off. Does she need to get it replaced? Long-term, she probably should--as the fender line helps keep bad stuff from hitting the underside of the car.

Call 2

Donna Flood (Baltmore, Maryland) - 2010 Honda Fit

Donna’s fit has begun making a lot of road noise. Her boyfriend says it’s her tires, and if she replaces them, it will quiet the road noise. She thinks he's crazy, because the car only has 34,000 miles on it. Tom and Ray agree with Donna’s boyfriend--manufacturers tend to put cheaper tires on new cars, and after 34,000 miles her’s may be deformed, or worn out. She should buy four, new, high-quality tires, and a nice dinner for her boyfriend for winning their bet.

Call 3

Terry (Albuqueque, New Mexico) - 2011 Toyota RAV4

Terry learned long ago that it’s important to break in a new car properly, and has had several cars last a very long time. The Rav 4 didn’t come with any break-in instructions, so his wife thinks it isn’t necessary. Tom and Ray say because of the way engines are built now, you don’t need as strict a break-in--you should still go easy on it, but only for the first few miles. But, if Terry really wants to do an old-school break-in, it won’t hurt the car, and can absolve his wife of any blame if something happens to it.

Call 4

Melissa (Madison, Wisconsin) - 2004 Ford Freestyle

Melissa’s air conditioner compressor seized, and her mechanic quoted her $1300 to replace it. Her husband found the part online for $150, and wants to do the job himself. Melissa’s concerned that he’ll harm the car, and himself, especially since it involves removing the alternator. He is generally handy, though. Tom and Ray think Melissa’s husband should be able to do the job--he may need a shop to help bleed and re-charge the system, but otherwise he should be okay.

Call 5

Paul English (, Texas) - 2001 Cadillac Eldorado

When Paul makes sharp right turn in his office parking garage, he hears a moaning/grinding down in the steering mechanism. He thinks towards the right side, but mechanic couldn’t replicate it. It could be a faulty ABS brake sensor, or a tire hitting the plastic fender liner.

Call 6

Molly (, Texas) - 2008 Toyota Prius

Molly's boyfriend gets really upset when other people don't use their blinker. However, said boyfirend recently didn't use his blinker, and argued that he was saving the part from wearing out. Tom and Ray say boyfriend’s argument is bogus-- the part should last a really long time. They think he was just trying to weasel out of being caught for committing a blinker trangression.

Call 7

Matt (St Albans, Vermont) - 2006 Toyota Tacoma

Matt’s Tacoma runs great. The problem is, the key falls out on bumpy roads. Matt can keep driving, and when he stops, just picks up the key, sticks it back in, and turns off the car. Does he need to worry about this? No, not really--he proably has a worn-out key. He can get a new key, but make sure it’s not copied from his current one, as it will likely be worn out, too.

Call 8

Jill (Laramie, Wyoming) - 2005 Jeep Liberty

Jill came out of her horse-riding lesson to find that other horses had chewed on the hood of her car, down to bare metal. She wants to know what would attract the horses to her hood, and whether she needs to get it fixed. Tom and Ray call their wildlife expert Kieran, who explains that horses are curious and get bored, and amy have associated the truck with food, and though it was edible. Tom and Ray say Jill should get hood fixed or replaced, as it will rust, otherwise.

Call 9

Peter (Brooklyn, New York) - 2008 Volkswagen Passat

Peter was driving around with a bucket of used turkey oil in the back of his car--trying to do a good deed for his uncle. The bucket tipped, oil spilled, and now there’s turkey oil seeping in the back, and the car stinks--even after being detailed. He really wants the car to last until 2013. What can he do? Tom and Ray suggests using something called Speedy Dry or a bag of kitty litter. Put it in the trunk of the car and let it adsorb the oil. He’ll also need to remove and replace the carpeting in back.