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Click & Clack Talk Cars “The Tappet Brothers’’ By Ray Magliozzi Today’s cars don’T need highway miles To survive BY RAY MAGLIOZZI Dear Car Talk: exhaust system hot enough to I’m retired, and at age 70, evaporate most of water vapor I hit my midlife crisis and that condenses in there when bought my first Mercedes the exhaust system is cold. (new). But being retired and If you take all five-minute living downtown in the city trips, you could cause your where I can walk to most exhaust system to corrode things, I find myself doing city prematurely. An exhaust driving almost all the time. So system on this car could is it necessary to get on the run you a few mortgage freeway once in a while to payments. On the other hand, keep the car engine in good the exhaust system on a shape? If so, how frequent Mercedes is pretty robust. and how far as a minimum? I So even with all those short trips, corroding the exhaust enjoy your column! -- Jim No, there’s no need to drive your car on the highway, Jim. might take 10 years. And by then, your ne’er-do-well son probably will have talked you People used to tell you out of this car, and you’ll be to take your car out on the driving a 2028 S-Class. And highway and “blow out the we can let him replace the carbon.” But there is no more exhaust. carbon. Modern engines with fuel injection, computerized engine controls and improved gasolines run so cleanly now that if you take your engine Enjoy your car, and don’t worry about it, Jim. *** Got a question about apart after 50,000 miles, the cars? Write to Ray in care of tops of your pistons will be King Features, 628 Virginia as clean as they were when Drive, Orlando, FL 32803, or email by visiting the Car Talk you drove off the lot. So doing website at www.cartalk.com. only “in town” driving is no problem. And if you’re driving (c) 2018 by Ray Magliozzi for at least 15 or 20 minutes and Doug Berman on a semi-regular basis, Distributed by you’re probably getting the Features Syndicate, Inc. King