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#0846: Fire, Fur, and Fears! Oh My!

Original Air Date: 11.15.2008
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Tommy shares some rejected dissertations.

Call 1

Richard Jordan (, North Carolina) - 2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser

suspension/cv joint... there's a noise coming from the left front tire. He can only hear it when the window's down. It's noisier turning to the left, quieter to the right.

Call 2

Debbie Hoffman (Columbus, Ohio) - 2003 Honda Civic

engine/tranny/exhaust... Last winter after a snow storm, she tried to get her car unstuck by revving the engine and rocking the car back and forth from R to 1st gear. Then it started making a sound in the front, that sounds like air being blown through wax paper. It only happens at 2700 rpms.engine/tranny/exhaust... Last winter after a snow storm, she tried to get her car unstuck by revving the engine and rocking the car back and forth from R to 1st gear. Then it started making a sound in the front, that sounds like air being blown through wax paper. It only happens at 2700 rpms.

Call 3

Peter Bond (Long Island, New York) - Jeep

engine/oil.... suddently started spewing gray black smoke out of the oil filler pipe vent. when accelerating, up a hill for example. Idles fine, runs fine.

Call 4

Colie Campbell (, Colorado) - 1996 Subaru Outback

clutch/keep/dump... when she shifts from first to second, or second to third, she hears a metal on metal grinding sound. What is it and what will it cost? The car has 205k on it. Is it worth it to fix it?

Call 5

Nathaniel Caylor (, Washington) - 1993 GMC Jimmy

exhaust/fire...will periodically will catch on fire under the car. It runs well otherwise.

Call 6

Tracey Ring (, North Carolina) - 2005 Jeep Wrangler

suspension/wheels/tires... This Jeep has a death wobble. When she hits a slight bump the car wobbles as if tires were about to fall off. It feels too unsafe to drive. What's wrong?

Call 7

Alastair Macleod (, New York) - 2003 Audi allroad

tranny/electrical?... PRND all flash at you when you turn it on, and then all gears are very clunky, like there is no clutch, it feels like the 1st gear won't engage. If he restarts the car like a computer, it sometimes works.

Call 8

Rachel Armstrong (, California) - 2005 Honda Civic

brakes/relationship... the car needs new brakes and her husband (the scientist) wants to do the brake job himself. She's worried if he does it, she might die. What should she do?