The Grocery Bag

Mar 12, 2022

Hmm, well here it's time for the new puzzler. Here's what happened. A fellow happened to go into his mechanic with a late model Toyota Tercel that was running poorly. And what it was doing is, it was jerking when it was trying to accelerate.

It was especially bad if the engine was warmed up. And the mechanic had done many things to it to try to get this, and several other mechanics had done many things. They tuned it up and added gas treatment to it and changed all, all the tune-up things. They added motor medic, motor honey, motor sweetie, all kinds of stuff and nothing could make this thing run correctly.

This is like a Humpty Dumpty story, isn't it? All the mechanics and all of his men couldn't put the Tercel back together again.

Anyway, this mechanic was checking out the car. And he happened to notice a bag of groceries in the backseat, and he was hungry and he was thinking about helping himself to a banana.

But then all of the sudden, something clicked. He remembered reading an article on this very car.

And he said to the owner, he said, "Gee, you have something in the backseat there, in your bag of groceries that can fix this car!"

Now I'm gonna give you the list of the things that were in the bag.

There were three bananas, a tube of preparation H, two containers of low-fat yogurt, a bag of Blue Diamond walnuts, and a tin of shoe polish (brown). And of course a pint of extra virgin olive oil.

Now it isn't a simple matter of you know taking the one item and smearing it over the air cleaner or pouring it into the gas tank something. There's a special process.

And seeing the item reminded him. It jogged his memory.

He said "Aha!"

So one of these items is the key to fixing this car. Which one of them is it?



Hey, remember last week's puzzler? It was about the Toyota Tercel and the bag of groceries.

The mechanics were stumped by this particular car until one of them saw a bag of groceries in the back seat and a light bulb went on!

Now we usually assume that Fillipo Berio extra virgin olive oil is the cure for everything but in this case, it was not the olive oil, in fact, that reminded the mechanic how the car could be fixed. Of all the ingredients in the grocery bag, it was seeing the bag of walnuts that jogged his memory.

And what the recommended procedure is, or let's start with what's wrong with the car. It's that carbon deposits build up on the intake valves. And when the carbon deposits build up on the valves, they don't close all the way anymore and you don't get compression, right so the carburetor does what? It jerks!

And the solution that they've devised at Toyota is to remove the intake manifold and to blast in there with walnut shells. High-pressure walnuts! And the reason they don't use sand is that sand is very abrasive. And it's going to be impossible to get the stuff out of there, or at least all of it out of there.

And if any of it got left in there it would destroy the cylinders. The Sands of Time would eventually chew up the rings and the cylinder walls and the pistons. So you want something which is abrasive enough to cut through all that carbon and yet not destroys the engine.

With walnuts, any pieces that manage to get inside the engine will burn up because the walnut shells are combustible.

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