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The Presbyterian church called a meeting to decide what to do about their squirrel infestation. After much prayer and consideration, they concluded that the squirrels were predestined to be there, and they shouldn't interfere with God's divine will.



At the Baptist church, the squirrels had taken an interest in the baptismal pool. The deacons met and decided to put a water-slide on the baptismal pool and let the squirrels drown themselves. The squirrels liked the slide and unfortunately, knew instinctively how to swim, so twice as many squirrels showed up the following week.



The Lutheran church decided that they were not in a position to harm any of God's creatures. So, they humanely trapped their squirrels and set them free near the Baptist church. Two weeks later the squirrels were back when the Baptists took down the water-slide.



The Episcopalians tried a much more unique path by setting out pans of whiskey around their church in an effort to kill the squirrels with alcohol poisoning. They sadly learned how much damage a band of drunk squirrels can do.



But the Catholic church came up with a very creative strategy! They baptized all the squirrels and made them members of the church. Now they only see them at Christmas and Easter.



And not much was heard from the Jewish synagogue. They took the first squirrel and circumcised him. They haven't seen a squirrel since.
 

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Try switcheroo to chase down spark plug issue

Click & Clack Ray Magliozzi
Dear Car Talk:
I have a 2013 Camaro with the V-6 engine. When I changed the spark plugs, the old plugs from cylinders two to six were light tan in color, but plug No. 1 was dark and sooty. The engine seems to be running fine. Is this a problem to worry about?
— Michelle

I’d worry a little, Michelle. When a spark plug is black, that’s usually a sign that there’s incomplete combustion in that cylinder. And when it gets bad enough, it’ll turn on your Check Engine light, and might even create a misfire.
The cheapest and easiest thing it could be is a bad spark plug. If it isn’t firing hot enough or is badly misgapped, it won’t combust all the fuel and there’s a coating of black soot.
Now that you’ve replaced the plugs, check in 30 days and see if No. 1 is getting black again. If it’s clean then it was a bad spark plug, and you’re all set. If it’s black, then test the coil.
This car has what’s called “coil on spark,” where there’s a coil on top of each spark plug. If that coil isn’t sending enough voltage to the plug, you’d get incomplete combustion. It’s pretty easy to test: Simply swap two coil packs.
Switch the coils from cylinders No. 1 and No. 2, and check in 30 days. If No. 2 is getting black, then you’ve identified your bad coil, and you can buy a new one for about $40. If the blackened plug still shows up in cylinder No. 1, next on my list would be a bad fuel injector.
Each cylinder has its own fuel injector to spray in the precise amount of fuel at just the right moment. If the No. 1 injector is leaking or its spray pattern is off, too much fuel can be sent into the cylinder, and not all of it is combusted.
You’d also test the fuel injector by swapping, but getting to it is a lot more involved. You might want to just buy a replacement injector for $150 or so, and replace it. Once you’ve ruled out the plug and the coil, there’s a pretty decent chance that the injector is causing the problem.
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