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Highlight of Episode #2025: A Sympathetic Ear | Car Talk

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This week on The Best of Car Talk, Ryan took his car in for an oil change and got talked into an engine shampoo. Will Tom and Ray reassure him that he's not a complete idiot? At least he didn't get a cream rinse. Elsewhere, Bill parked his rental car on a beach, and discovered the next morning that the tide had rolled in—to the car. He's bailed the water, but hasn't told the rental company. Also, Ray channels Frank Costanza to try to diagnose Kevin's clicking noise; Jean is suffering a run of flat tires in her driveway; and, is a lucky doughnut enough to keep Tamatha's brakes from burning up for a third time? All this and more this week on The Best of Car Talk.
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Hi. This is Ryan calling from Ann Arbor, Michigan. Ryan, Hello? Hi. We're here. We're here. We're here for you, Ryan. E Hope someone is. Well, well, basically, I went to get annoyed All change, and I got talked into something extra. And ever since then, people have just been making fun of me. Um, Ryan, you have a sympathetic ear. So basically, I just I got talked into this, um What they called an engine shampoo. What are you, some kind of a way promise? Well, it's my name. Just a name like that. You gotta be a real sucking a Go ahead. Elaborate. Well, you get the Did you get the green rinse too? Oh, man. Go ahead. Go way treated it lightly. Let's give Ryan time to explain. Alright, Present my case. So basically, I go in there and I get the oil change. And I didn't go to a place that was recommended. I was just driving home and I needed thio get it. So he shows me the oil stick and you know, it's got very dark oil, and he says the soil is black. S o I say to him. Okay, So what? He says, Well, I can give you an oil change, but what's gonna happen is that this is a bad color for oil, and it's going to turn this color again very, very shortly. And in order to prevent that from happening, you really should get the engine champ. Yeah, And then he said he did it with his own car and you know, he's wearing, you know, the mechanic outfit. And he had stayed. It seemed like he knew what he's doing. Yeah, that the appropriate patches and all that. And then how much do you want for the ships and the scar tissue in the places it was exactly? It was more than the car was worth. It was more than the car. It was more than the oil change. The oil change was 26 bucks, and this was, like 36 bucks so that they shampoo your wallet at everyone's everyone's reaction so far. Andi, how long ago did this happen? Uh, just not very long ago. No, 10 days ago. So have you looked at the oil to see if it's black? No, I haven't. Don't Don't Look, I gotta tell you right now, don't look What does your car does your car seem to have a son of your disposition going? They're going out on more dates. I mean, what? Lisa has an excuse. If it doesn't want to go out on a date, you can say it's, you know, washing its engine. Um, but no, it it seems the same as it was before. Yeah, And the truth is that when he showed you the dipstick with the black oil on it, that's the nature of oil. When it turns black, it means it's doing its job. It's holding dirt and carbon and other contaminants in suspension. And now all those things get removed when you take that drain plug out. And you put fresh oil in there. So Well, he didn't do any harm, if that's what you're worried about. How he just took 30 bucks from 6. 36 36 bucks, plus the tax. Yeah. Yeah. And did you get taken? I guess I did. Yeah. And people are gonna laugh when you tell them and then laugh again. Don't you don't mention it to anybody. It's I guess it's the name. Yeah, it is. It's the name and benefit has been something else, but ah, shampoo, engine shampoo. If they if they had called it a deep, deep engine carb carbon ization process. Yeah, I had a professor in. In college. You taught a mathematics course, and the fellows name was a very famous mathematician named John Carlo Rota. Hey was a visiting professor from Italy and because his command of the language wasn't what it ought to have been, Uh, even though he had tremendous mathematical mind, he chose for the name of the course, the world of mathematics. And halfway through the semester, he asked for volunteers to come up with a better name for the course, he says, because it sounded too much Walt Disney on me. The engine shampoo sounds too much Walt Disney E. But at least you didn't get the blow dry. And your ego will recover from this. Yeah, but next time the cream rinse, maybe in order. See? Right. Thank you so much. Bye.
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