& Clack Talk Cars
By Tom and Ray Magliozzi
Dear Tom and Ray:
For many years, Ive
enjoyed your column. Now I have a problem
Ive never seen, and my brother-in-law -
usually my Great Guru - is stumped by it. We have
a 1993 Ford Taurus wagon with almost 300,000
miles on the odometer. Almost everything has been
replaced four times over. About a year ago, it
started blowing right headlights. Just the right,
always the right, and the bulb actually shatters.
We know you cant touch a quartz bulb when
putting it in, and were always extra
careful, handling the bulb with a clean rag. The
car is not run on rough roads. But put a new
headlight in, and after just a few hours of use,
it pops, the glass is splintered and were
one-eyed again. It occurs winter and summer. Any
ideas as to what could cause this? - Charles
TOM: Well, the first thing
youve got to do is buy stock in Sylvania.
Its making a fortune selling you light
RAY: I think you have some
water in the fixture, Charles. We see it a lot.
You replace the bulb, but the plastic lens that
protects the bulb is 300,000 miles old and has
small cracks in it. When you drive in the rain,
water gets in and it cant get out.
TOM: It might not be easy to
see the water, but my guess is that the bulb
heats up, a bump causes the water to slosh or
spray, a drop or two hit the white-hot bulb and
kaplow! The bulb shatters.
RAY: Have a closer look and see
if you notice any moisture in there.
TOM: Or goldfish. Swimming
goldfish are a sure sign of the presence of
RAY: And then replace the whole
headlight fixture. You can buy aftermarket
fixtures for relatively little money. I think
thatll solve the problem, Charles.
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Sponsored by Curry Automotive
Sr.s Legacy Looms Large
will quickly recognize the name Jeg Coughlin Jr.,
the former NHRA Pro Stock champion and current
driver of the Slammers Ultimate Milk Chevy Cobalt
Pro Stock. However, the current "Jeg"
is actually the son of the original Jeg Coughlin,
a former racer and automotive aftermarket
Grand Marshal of the fifth annual NHRA National
Hot Rod Reunion presented by DuPont Automotive
Finishes, Jeg. Sr. is looking forward to the
popular nostalgia event, which will be held June
15-17, 2007 at National Trail Raceway in
contributions to the sport of drag racing are
many. As a driver, he actively competed more than
30 years in every type of class, from his notable
AA/Gas Supercharged gassers to the ultimate Top
He is the founder
of Jegs Automotive Inc, one of the
worlds largest aftermarket
performance-parts suppliers. Along with companies
like Bill Smiths Speedway Motors in
Lincoln, Neb., Jegs legacy dates back many
decades. Now retired, Coughlin mentors his sons,
John, Troy, Mike and Jeg Jr. He also spends time
with the third generation of Coughlin children.
Wed like to
congratulate Jeg Sr., who for the past 46 years
of successfully balancing his roles as father,
entrepreneur and drag racer. He deserves all the
accolades that come his way.