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#0806: Mr. Heavy Duty and the Clutch that Conquered Kilimanjaro

Original Air Date: 02.09.2008
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Just who's driving this car? Tom and Ray share a favorite joke.

Call 1

Debbie Ginocchio (Sacramento, California) - 2000 Ford Mustang

A clutch question. The clutch starting to make a

Call 2

Stan Friedman (Durham, North Carolina) - 1993 Lexus ES 300

on question. He just replaced transmission, but between 50-55 mph as he accelerates car feels like it

Call 3

Sharon O'Brien (Norfolk, Massachusetts) - 2000 Saab 9-3

Neighbor dropped keys with remote on commuter rail, dealer told her it would cost $2000 to replace. She can

Call 4

Omar (Orlando, Florida) - 1996 Toyota Land Cruiser

A gas cap question. Whenever he opens the gas cap, it releases a high amount of pressure. It sounds like a tractor-trailer releasing its brakes. He has a venting problem. Charcoal canister has gone bad. Likely to be expensive to fix, since all Lancruiser parts cost a lot.

Call 5

Nicole Fisher (Albany, New York) - 2006 Ford Fusion

dashboard/windshield... put defroster on and there

Call 6

Glenn Garland (Chapel Hill, North Carolina) - 1991 Honda CRX

A dump/keep question. He

Call 7

Marina and Larry Kimeall (Flushing, Michigan) - 1998 Dodge Caravan

A body/airbag/marital question. They own a restaurant with a dumpster in the back. Whenever the garbage gets picked up, he uses the van to push the dumpster back. She thinks he

Call 8

David Lechner (Portland, Oregon) - 2004 Volvo V70

A steering question. It makes a horrible noise whenever he turns the wheel. He took it to the mechanic, replaced the power steering pump twice, still has the same sound, though. Needs to take a stethoscope, and start listening carefully for the noise. Check the rack, but likely a seized tie rod end.

Call 9

Amy Houck (Tacoma Park, Maryland) - Volkswagen Passat

Her family is being transferred to Cordova, Alaska. There are only 12 miles of road in town, and it snows and ices and rains a lot there. Can she take her Passat? Ray cautions that the Passat has reliability problems, and it may be difficult to find a mechanic who can work on it. Look into what the most popular cars are up there. Good Tommy suggestion about using Mechanic