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#1346: The Cavalier That Wouldn't Die

Original Air Date: 11.16.2013
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Sometimes you just gotta have a Krispy Kreme. Even if you're in a police helicopter.

Call 1

Debbie Diamond (San Fransisco, California)

Debbie’s car makes a whining, oscillating noise when she steps on the brake. It used to happen just on turns, but now seems to happen anytime she brakes. She had brake work done, not at the dealer. Tom and Ray say the guys who did the brakes didn’t use the factory shims and hardware. The noise isn’t dangerous, but next time she gets brakes, she should go to the dealer to avoid the noise.

Call 2

Mark Montbreon (Breeland, Michigan) - 1983 Ford Escort

In cold weather, Mark’s car stalls when he steps on the clutch. It happens at any speed and it usually takes a few tries to get the car restarted. Tom and Ray think the secondary throttle in Mark’s carburetor is sticking--taking his foot off the gas causes the stall, not the clutch. His carburetor just needs a good cleaning.

Call 3

Terri Larkin (Chittenango, New York)

In cold weather when Terri starts her car in the morning, it often won’t shift. It sometimes takes 7-8 minutes to get the car to go. Also when she gets to 20-30 mph, the RPMs remain high--the car isn’t upshifting. Tom and ray say Terri’s transmission is cooked. She needs a full overhaul or soon the car won’t move at all.

Call 4

Lynda Jay (1979, California) - 1979 Chevrolet Pickup

Lynda’s truck tends to run rough in the rain--sputters, and stalls--she has to feather the gas to keep it running. Her dad helps take care of the car, but he’s stumped. Tom and Ray say it’s electrical---the wetness is causing a short. It could be a crack in the coil tower, bad spark plug wires, or a bad cap.

Call 5

Mark Montbreon (Breeland, Michigan) - 1983 Ford Escort

In cold weather, Mark’s car stalls when he steps on the clutch. It happens at any speed and it usually takes a few tries to get the car restarted. Tom and Ray think the secondary throttle in Mark’s carburetor is sticking--taking his foot off the gas causes the stall, not the clutch. His carburetor just needs a good cleaning.

Call 6

Kate Kuonen-Bakhtiary (Indianapolis, Indiana) - 1996 Chevrolet Cavalier

Kate hates driving this car but her husband is a mechanic, and is doing a great job keeping it going--he wants to get another 150,000 miles out of it. How can Kate get rid of it? Ray say to go devious--make up a story about the car doing something that’s making her too scared to drive it. Tom says to be honest--just tell her husband she hates the car.

Call 7

Sofia Chaiknis (, Massachusetts) - Honda

If someone is riding in Sofia’s front passenger seat, the car makes a scraping and crunching sound on right turns, or going down driveway. The dealer can’t replicate it and says she’s suffering “Auditory Hallucination.” She needs to ride with mechanic to get them to hear it. The likely culprit is broken coil spring, causing the tire to hit the fender liner.

Call 8

Christo Jackson (, South Carolina) - Volkswagen

Stump the Chumps. Christo called because his car had trouble starting, despite his having replaced several fuel pumps. He’d resorted to starting it by having someone else turn the key while he whacks the fuel pump underneath the car. Tom and Ray said he was either getting bad fuel pumps, or he had advanced “cruddification” in the fuel system. Christo says the problem was a corroded connection in a wire to the fuel pump. Wrong Answer!

Call 9

Linda (Cleveland, Ohio) - 1986 Toyota Corolla

Linda is moving from Cleveland to St. Thomas, and has decided to take this car. Is it a bad idea? Tom and Ray say it’s a great idea--this is the perfect car for St. Thomas. Linda should just get it checked thoroughly before she leaves, and have someone stateside who can send her parts when she needs them.