There's no cheap way out!

Dear Car Talk

Dear Car Talk | Sep 01, 1991

Dear Tom and Ray:

My 1969 Continental has only 55,000 miles on it, and looks brand new. The problem is that it leaks oil. Is there something that can be added to the oil to stop this leak?

RAY: We like bananas, Oliver, they work really well on Continentals. If that doesn't work, you can always try quick dry cement.

TOM: You're looking for the cheap way out, Oliver, and there really isn't one. If you like this car and want to keep driving it, you're going to have to find the leak and fix it. It could be something relatively simple. For example, it's not uncommon after 22 years for gaskets to wear out and crack. If that's all it is, it'll probably cost you less than a hundred bucks to fix.

RAY: The other reason you should fix it is that you're polluting the environment. Where do you think all that spilled oil is going?

TOM: So forget the magic fluids, Oliver, and fix the leak. The banana growers and cement sup?pliers will be a little disappointed, but your car and the planet will thank you.

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