An Intelligent Dipstick?
That sounds like something Click and Clack would take as a compliment. For those who don’t know them, Click and Clack — Tom and Ray Magliozzi — are the humorous hosts of NPR’s Saturday morning program Car Talk. It’s a great program to have on while you’re out running errands or doing chores around the house. Plus their Web site is full of helpful car information, advice and forums. www.cartalk.com They also allow readers to write in with their car questions, and in their response the guys sometimes even answer the question. We recently came across this one…
Dear Tom and Ray:I know you don’t like old Beetles, but I own one, and I love it! I work for a federal agency where everyone drives brown and gray vehicles. When I come out to the parking lot, I smile at my little yellow flower amid all the potatoes out there, and greet her: Buttercup! Where was I? Oh yes. My question is: Why the heck don’t carmakers offer an oil gauge that works like a gas gauge, and tells you what your oil level is? Would that be a handy thing to have? Thanks! — Vickie Visit their Web site to see their response.
We wrote to Click and Clack to tell them that IntelliStick was the answer to this reader’s dilemma. See our “What Onboard Algorithms Don’t Tell You About Your Oil” post from July 2008. We haven’t heard back from Click and Clack yet, it must have stalled at the desk of Haywood Jabuzoff, their customer care representative.