So, that Car Talk guy died. And, since Kinja doesn't have any kind of automotive blog to speak of, I figured I would help fill the gap in car knowledge that Tom Whatshisface left behind.

In what will be a semi-regular feature (unless my author privileges are revoked after this post, which, let's face it, they probably will be), I will address your questions regarding all things automotive repair. So, without further ado, let's get started. Our first question comes from a reader in the future who beamed this to me telepathically. DefinitelyNotStuartScottsEye asks:

Hey Stu!

You are the best, and not at all lame. Anyway, I like to keep a thing of Ice Breakers mints in my car. Generally, I keep them in the cup holder so minty fresh breath is always within reach. Normally, they sit like this:

But the thing is, the tub or tin or whatever is the exact same size as my cup holder! So, sometimes this happens:

I can't get them out! Any tips to deal with this all too common car problem?

I'm sure we've all dealt with this. So, I have to say, you're in luck, dear reader! I tested this out on my car, and here's what I came up with. Note that I placed the tin upside down:

If you scratch at the container for several hours with a fingernail, you will be able to peel just enough of the label back to make yourself think that you will be able to pull it out of the cup holder. But, you won't be able to. You will eventually grow extremely frustrated and give up. You will drive around for days with the mints like this, occasionally scratching at the label, trying to peel it up. You will begin to yell at your wife and kids, you will lose sleep, your hair will fall out. The mints are forever stuck. You are fucked.


Since your car now has no value, because who would buy a car with a thing of mints stuck in the cup holder, might I recommend reporting it stolen and then driving it off a cliff, collecting any insurance money and putting it towards a new car?

Although there is no solution to your problem, there are many places for you to buy a new car. Toyota, Honda, Acura, BMW, Ford, any of these would make a great car to replace the one you have that now has a container of mints permanently stuck in the cup holder. Or, you could just buy a Ferrari. Make sure to tell everyone you own a Ferrari.


Anyway, that's it for this week's edition of Carspin. I hope that this can be a regular feature where I offer solutions to common automotive issues. Life is expensive, and I think I can help you guys save some money by teaching you how to work on your own cars. Submit your queries below, and we can make this a great community!