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ToyoTa Camry seems To swallow driver’s CrediT Card

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
BY RAY MAGLIOZZI
every angle. The card was gone.
It was like the car opened up
Dear Car Talk:
and swallowed it! How is that
I own a 2016 Toyota Camry.
possible? My car is uncluttered;
Yesterday, on my way to the gas
it is easy to see something out of
station, I pulled out my credit
place. Where is it? — Donna
card and set it on the center
I don’t know. But when you find
console. When I pulled up to the it, I bet you’ll also find a bunch
pump, I reached for my card, and of single socks. I think we’ve all
it dropped down between the seat done what you did, Donna. A
and the console.
credit card, a key, a phone drops
I squeezed my hand into the space between the seat and center
console. And as you reach your
and was able to push the card
two fingers in there to feel for it,
forward enough to grab it. Ever
the klutz, when I went to grab it, I 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.
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Ray in care of King Features, 628
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© 2019 by Ray Magliozzi and Doug
Berman Distributed by King Features
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