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Toyota Camry seems to swallow driver’s credit card
DEAR CAR TALK:
I own a 2016 Toyota Camry. Yesterday,
on my way to the gas station, I pulled out
my credit card and set it on the center
console. When I pulled up to the pump, I
reached for my card, and it dropped down
between the seat and the console.
I squeezed my hand into the space and
was able to push the card forward enough
to grab it. Ever the klutz, when I went to
grab it, I pushed it back instead.
When I tried to grab it again, I couldn’t
locate it. I got out and looked everywhere
around the seat. I was on my hands and
knees looking from the front and the back
of the seat. I searched from every angle.
The card was gone.
It was like the car opened up and
swallowed it! How is that possible? My car

is uncluttered; it is easy to see something
out of place. Where is it?
-- Donna
DEAR DONNA:
I don’t know. But when you find it, I bet
you’ll also find a bunch of single socks.
I think we’ve all done what you did,
Donna. A credit card, a key, a phone drops
between the seat and center console. And
as you reach your two fingers in there to
feel for it, you push it further into the abyss.
My guess is that your credit card slipped
under the carpet. There are cuts in the
carpet at the four points where the seat is
bolted to the floor. Try moving the seat all
the way back. Then, from the floor of the
front seat, feel around for where the seat
is bolted in. You should be able to find an

opening in the carpet there. If there’s no
sign of the card, move the seat all the way
forward and try from the back seat.
If that fails, and you’re really attached
to this particular card (maybe you spent
months memorizing the three digit security
code), your mechanic can definitely find it.
The first thing we’d do at our shop is
we’d blow compressed air under the seat.
We have a nozzle on our air hose that can
blow about 150 psi of wind under there.
That’s a category 4 hurricane. If something
is there, it’ll usually come out. If it doesn’t,
your mechanic can always unbolt the seat.
That’s not a big deal. It’s a half-hour job.
On the other hand, calling your credit
card company and asking them to send
you a replacement card is a five-minute job.

RAY MAGLIOZZI

King Features Content
cartalk@gmail.com

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