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#0746: The End of the Wedgie As We Know it?

Original Air Date: 11.17.2007
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The invention of the wedgie-proof underwear!

Call 1

Katie Aarons (Austin, Texas) - 2001 Mitsubishi Mirage

Makes a clicking when she presses the accelerator. Has been doing for the last year. Sound speeds up and slows down with accel. Check engine light recenlty on. Friend used a piece of hose, determined sound was coming from between sparkplugs, tried adding solvent, didn

Call 2

Gregory Bradley (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) - 1995 Pontiac Bonneville

A suspension question. When he drives, hears a grinding sound, he thinks from the left front tire. On left turns, steering wheel feels like it wants to jump back straight. Dad said to remove wallet from his back pocket and see if he feels a vibration in his butt cheek. Guys say problem is almost definitely a wheel bearing, and he needs to get it looked at by a mechanic ASAP.

Call 3

Kathi Kneehouse (, California) - 2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser

A buying question.

Call 4

David Medeira (Albuquerque, New Mexico) - 2000 Dodge Stratus

A transmission question. He gets a whine from transmission. Dealer said ring and pinion--could forget about it, and it could go 100k miles without breaking down. Should he fix it? Noise is driving him crazy. He

Call 5

Rebecca Rodriguez (, Washington) - 1967 Ford Pickup

An ignition and exhaust question. She blew her muffler trying to pop the clutch. Replaced it, and now gets a sound like

Call 6

Marcus Sabini (Flagstaff, Arizona)

A Fuel/speed limit/driving question. Is 55 mph still the most fuel efficient speed? Answer, it never was--in old, days 40 was, but when they reduced the speed limit, thought 40 would lead to civil unrest. Optimal speed is likely higher now, thanks to transmissions and more aerodynamic cars--his Jeep is as un-aero dynamic as possible.

Call 7

Nick Dickert (Tahlequah, Oklahoma) - 2001 Volkswagen Jetta

A clutch question. When he takes his foot off the clutch he gets a sound like a whoopee whistle with a balloon on the end. It only happens in first and second gear and only for a second or so. Could be coming from differential--could also just be a piece of loose sheet metal.

Call 8

Jennifer Yazell (Sedalia, Missouri) - 2001 Volvo V70

A suspension/safety/driving question. Her 15 year old daughter is about to get her license. They don